Artist Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Stunning Works Of Art | DeMilkedWe of course are all familiar with the absolutely stunning book sculptures that Guy Laramee has so meticulously carved in the past, here and here. These hyperrealistic, three dimensional landscapes are carved into disused knowledge, recycling discarded books and obsolete encyclopedias that are literally just waiting to be transformed into something wonderful. Laramee is able to do just that with his keen ability to refine each book, or layers of books, and capture the finer details of the valleys, towering mountains, and widespread deserts. His use of inks and pigments subtly amplifies those details, bringing each of these topographic landscapes to life. Originally from Chicago and now living and working in Atlanta, Brian Dettmer, aka the book surgeon, is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media and this wonderful series is his latest in Dada-inspired carved works.
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What will happen to romance novels and travel guides as we press forward into the age of eReaders? What if the proliferation of digital books renders home libraries and bookstores obsolete? Even if paperbacks and touchscreens ultimately coexist in harmony, what will we do with all of those outdated Encyclopaedia Britannicas? The result is a set of literary monuments that embody the complexity of knowledge and language through the purposeful manipulation of printed texts. Dettmer began his art career at Chicago's Columbia College, where he focused his energies on painting and sculpture. A part-time job at a sign shop inspired him to incorporate letters and text into his work and, after graduating in , he began manipulating other text-based media, like Braille, Morse code, and newspapers. Newspaper pages gave way to pages torn from books, and it wasn't long before Dettmer's scoring of individual pages morphed into the carving of the books themselves.
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The skilled excavator, who is also an accomplished music composer, stage writer and director, and painter, has created two series of carved books, titled The Great Wall and Biblios , that provide incredible detail of glaciers, mountains, and valleys. To create the sculptures, the book is pressed by clamps so that it becomes as hard as wood, explains Laramee. Using standard electric tools for wood carving and other techniques, including a sand blaster and tar, Laramee whittles away at his masterpieces. Laramee describes his passion for 3D sculptural works in his artist statement :. So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills.
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Art Made from Books: Altered Sculptured, Carved, Transformed, released this month by Chronicle Books , is a collection of incredibly detailed works by more than 25 artists who use books as their medium. Using a variety of techniques — from carving to stitching — artists transform the bound pages into thought-provoking sculptures. A relatively new art form that was started in the late s by artist Tom Phillips, the finished products often present layers of meaning that speak to the source material as well as the artist's interpretations of the texts. Unabridged, , by Vita Wells Book, hair, lights, fan, key, screw, hinges, and glue. Explorer, , by Cara Barer Archival pigment print on rag paper.