Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sculpted Books: Breathtaking Art by Brian Dettmer


Art has a way of affecting human spirit in a way that is both mysterious and fulfilling. Not only does art unlock the creative side in us to explore what we take for granted and find hidden meanings and joy in our everyday lives, but it also provides a facet for enriching one's emotions, intellect, and overall quality of life. 

These are the thoughts that ran through my head when I discovered the great sculptures of Brian Dettmer who is an American contemporary artist with a great talent in transforming existing objects such as books or maps into great works of art. 

Some of Brian Dettmer's most impressive works are his sculpted books that reveal extraordinary beauties and elegance of design. Using his laser-like-sharp skills, Brian Dettmer cuts and carves into big volumes of books to create intricate shapes and designs that leave quite a lasting impression on anyone examining his work.

I will definitely be going to see his work if an exhibition is held nearby. 

The below featured photos are but a few of what I have come across. Please check out the rest of work done by Brian Dettmer on his website here as well as on his flicker page here.

(click on each photo for larger size)


“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge” -- Brian Dettmer
































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