Working with knives, tweezers and surgical tools, New York artist, Brian Dettmer brings the best of beloved books and antiquated media to the surface. Carving one page at a time, he exposes each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories creating incredibly detailed works of art.
"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," says Dettmer. "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."
Source: Brian Dettmer