It takes a special kind of man to hate any book in society. Even rare is one who would actively decide to destroy a book simply because it exists. Brian Dettmer is an artist who with his artistic surgical precision slices up book pages and make some of the most bizarre sculptures I’ve come across.
Looking through Brian Dettmer work it’s safe to say he is primarily a spacial artist who very easily has this insane ability to x-ray vision a thick novel and totally have it dissected with surgical precision before he even lifts a knife. And his works only become more insane and deep the long he’s been working on them. His gallery of macabre literary texts goes back over eight years and can include more than a dozen novels to create the final sculpture. In fact from what I gather, the medical field is so fascinated with his work they’ve even got a few pieces in the International Museum of Surgical Science.
But I think his work is something that speaks better than I am realistically able to articulate. So find his sculptural masterpieces below. Book lovers, weep. (All books used are old editions from like over a billion years ago)
All this is just a fraction of the large collection he’s craved out for himself in his quest for a master piece. I urge you to visit his site and wander through all the works he has done. It’s always great to see an artist evolve his work through the years and push the limits on his style and technique.