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Sometimes I just can’t find the words to describe the amazing talent of artists’ creations or the beauty of the works they create.

Beautiful aren’t they!

When I first saw the work of Brian Dettmer, a Chicago born artist, I was blown away.   It seems to defy belief that anyone can sculpt such amazingly complex creations from books, but a quick look at Dettmer’s webpage shows that he has a host of such creations.

Exploring how the content of a book can be explored from a different angle, Dettmer’s work embodies a new and different approach to book art.   Writing about the process involved in creating his work, Dettmer says:

….. I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

Take a close up look at how Dettmer creates his works in this CBS interview:

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I recently came across this breathtaking work by Guy Laramee, an interdisciplinary artist, who has mastered the ability to tranform books into engaging sculptures.  Using books for the basis of his creative work, Laramee challenges the notion that books will die.   Writing on his webpage, Laramee says:

The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures arise, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts ?

Always intreagued to learn a little more about the artist or have a peek at the way in which the sculptures are created, my searching found only one video of Guy Laramee – a short one  in which we are able to understand just a little more about the motivation behind the creation of Larmaee’s sculptures.

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