Magnificent art from old books

My RSS feeds send me all kinds of information and obscure knowledge.  Mostly it’s about advances in medicine and science, politics, technology, and sports.  Somehow an posting about art snuck through, because it had a “surgeon” tag.  And I’m so lucky it did.

Brian Dettmer, an Atlanta based artist, produces works of arts from old books, many of them anatomy atlases, old encyclopedias, and science texts.  In his own words:

❝In this work 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.❞

I will never be confused for an art critic, but it just appears that the books comes alive.  I probably could stare at some of these books for hours.  I chose my favorites, enjoy them.  Go to his website for more.


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