“Book doctor” may be one of my roles, but you should meet The Book Surgeon! More than a typical altered book artist, Brian Dettmer literally carves books into new designs, adding nothing, exposing only words and images that were already there. It’s hard to choose a favorite. I’ll start with one that’s still obviously a book–not a bad thing, you know. You’ll want to see them all. Inspiring! I imagine long-gone original authors (and encyclopedia editors) smiling down on Brian for these dissections that bring new life.
For more, see the My Modern Met blog post my son forwarded to me.
His Flickr account.
A time-lapse video of one of his projects.
Recent comments and examples selected by other bloggers:
- Brian Dettmer, Art Papers, January/February pgs.42-43 (meganrenae233.wordpress.com)
- Brian Dettmer, the Book Surgeon [bioephemera] (scienceblogs.com)
- Design by Deduction – Brian Dettmer Transforms Obsolete Media into Captivating Art (legosneggos.wordpress.com)
- Book Surgeon’s New Works and More! (mymodernmet.com)
- The Book Surgeon (3quarksdaily.com)
- Book Art: Coolest Book Sculptures By Artist Brian Dettmer (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Books as art (bindingobsession.com)
Text © Gwyn Nichols 2011. All Rights Reserved.
Photo lifted from BrianDettmer.com for unsolicited publicity purposes.