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   Undertoad  Sunday Mar 6 08:25 PM

Mar 6, 2011: Book surgeon




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Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

"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," he says.
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lupin..the..3rd  Sunday Mar 6 08:33 PM

what a pretty way to destroy books. i suppose it's better than burning them.



monster  Sunday Mar 6 09:04 PM

Cool. Book art/sculpture is popular here in Ann Arbor -there are even Rec and Ed classes you can take. Much more fun than simply recycling unwanted books.

But.... these photos just don't look "right" to me. the lighting/shadows seem wrong/artificial/shopped. Which would be weird because this is an established art form....



Griff  Sunday Mar 6 09:11 PM

Good plan for those useless encyclopedias... except for the end of civilization thing...



footfootfoot  Sunday Mar 6 09:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
But.... these photos just don't look "right" to me. the lighting/shadows seem wrong/artificial/shopped. Which would be weird because this is an established art form....
They look pretty normally lit to me. They may have been extra sharpened or saturated, it's hard to say. They do have an extra sort of POP to them.


Clodfobble  Sunday Mar 6 11:04 PM

Perhaps he coated the whole thing in some kind of polyurethane once he was done? I'm not certain the book would hold that lovely arched-out form on its own.



monster  Monday Mar 7 12:54 AM

Ii can't put my finger on it, but it's like the images don't match the backgrounds. I feel like there's that cropping-tell-tale black line around them, but why? you know, the one that tells you the foreground's been dropped onto a different background... except there's nothing incriminating/special in the background here, so that obviously isn't the case.....



Gravdigr  Monday Mar 7 02:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lupin..the..3rd View Post
what a pretty way to destroy books. i suppose it's better than burning them.
No, no see, this way, we can burn books and art, at the same time.


onetrack  Wednesday Mar 9 07:50 AM

Where was this guy, when they were making Fahrenheit 451??



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