Brian Dettmer is an artist that focuses on books, mainly out of date encyclopedias, medical logs, illustration books or dictionaries. Fascinating is that he usually begins the carving on arbitrary pages in the volume allowing unexplored pages to reveal themselves as he moves through his process. To ensure precision he seals the edges of the books which also convert the splayed edges to look like a neat smooth sanded piece of wood.
Extracting bits and pieces with chirurgical precision he creates a narration of the books contents unraveling sentences and images. In certain artworks the spines are bent and contorted to juxtapose sections of different books together. He never removes or adds sections of other books, he simply works with the structure of each book entirely. Sculptural shapes are created through creative manipulation: folding, bending, rolling and stacking multiple books in a wide variety of shapes.
The end results are fascinating sculptures that are giving a new vibe to the original book. The artist seeks to offer the entities a new meaning and function in the world, they are reduced to symbols in a blank paper sheet written by Dettmer that will set new ideas and relationships with the apparent materiality.
Dettmer currently exhibits his sculptures in multiple galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe, breathing a new life into media that our fast-paced society has sadly outgrown.
What do you think about these intricate narrative sculptures?