These intricately carved books are the work of artist Brian Dettmer. Dettmer is no newbie to the art world, but his works are brand new to me and as soon as I stumbled upon them (through Kinz + Tillou Fine Art) I wanted to share them here. Some bibliophiles seem to cringe at the thought of destroying books, but I’ve always loved books and I think Dettmer’s art is fascinating and beautiful.
“Brian Dettmer sifts through stacks of antiquated books, boxes of dusty cassette tapes, and piles of obsolete maps to uncover the perfect source and subject for his conceptual explorations and sculptural dissections. Dettmer alters pre-existing materials by selectively removing and manipulating elements as a way to allow new interpretations and ideas to emerge. With the precision of a surgeon, Dettmer uses scalpels, tweezers, and other medical instruments to carve into the surface of his found objects to reveal hidden meanings.”
Core 6, 2007
The Enjoyment of Music, 2008
Some of Dettmer’s current and upcoming shows:
- “Cutters” from January 26 – June 21, 2009. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey.
- “Cutters” from January 29 – March 14, 2009. The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College.
- “Inappropriate Covers” from February 10 – June 5, 2009. David Winton Bell Gallery, at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island.
- “Novel Ideas” from March 7 – May 31, 2009. Oakville Galleries in Oakville, Ontario.