brian dettmer: book dissections
 
brian dettmer: book dissections
sep 29, 2009

brian dettmer: book dissections

‘new books of knowledge’ by brian dettmer, 2009 (altered set of vintage encyclopedias) image courtesy of the artist and packer schopf gallery

in addition to melting old cassette tapes, atlanta based artist brian dettmer also has a penchant for dissecting old books to make one of a kind creations. much like cassettes, dettmer observed how books are becoming a dying vessel for content in the internet age. he points out, ‘by altering pre-existing materials and shifting functions, new and unexpected roles of old materials emerge.’ dettmer begins to create these dissected book by sealing their edges and slowly carving out his creations. using surgical tools he reveals certain elements and hides others. ‘the completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.’ dettmer is currently showing at toomey tourell in san francisco.

http://www.briandettmer.com

brian dettmer: book dissections‘new books of knowledge’ (detail) by brian dettmer, 2009 (altered set of vintage encyclopedias) image courtesy of the artist and packer schopf gallery

brian dettmer: book dissections‘full set of funk’ (detail) by brian dettmer, 2009 (altered set of vintage  encyclopedias) image courtesy of the artist and packer schopf gallery

brian dettmer: book dissectionsl: ‘new universal’ by brian dettmer, 2007 image courtesy of the artist and mito gallery r:‘modern painters’ by brian dettmer, 2008 image courtesy of the artist and kinz + tillou fine art

brian dettmer: book dissections l:‘core 6’ by brian dettmer, 2007 image courtesy of the artist and kinz + tillou fine art r:‘in search of adam’ by brian dettmer, 2009 image courtesy of the artist and kinz + tillou fine art

brian dettmer: book dissections‘household physicians’ by brian dettmer, 2008 image courtesy of the artist and kinz + tillou fine art

brian dettmer: book dissections‘world series’ by brian dettmer, 2009 image courtesy of the artist and kinz + tillou fine art

brian dettmer: book dissections ‘doubleday’ by brian dettmer, 2009 (altered set of vintage encyclopedias) image courtesy of the artist and toomey tourell fine art

brian dettmer: book dissections‘doubleday’ (detail) by brian dettmer, 2009 (altered set of vintage encyclopedias) image courtesy of the artist and toomey tourell fine art

  • this is just awesome, great work.

    françois
  • What can I say??…I find no words
    You have a special and wonderful gift, both creativity and hability.
    Felicidades!
    Asombroso!

    Cristy
  • The single book ones are great.
    As for the multiple book ones, the craftsmanship is lovely but the overall result really lacks design. I think that using so many old books for sculptures that don’t turn out as well as the single book ones is a complete waste of beautiful old books.

    Molly
  • A bit trendy this type of art, but this is quite extreme and interesting 🙂 Cool!

    MJW
  • wow, new life to old books, vcool

    rolphyboi
  • what he did to those poor books…
    anyway, very interesting =)

    iMagot

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