Altered Book Artist: Brian Dettmer

My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators… (1)

0th Century Medica (detail), 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 10-1/8" x 11-5/8" x 4-3/8" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine ArtFound: http://briandettmer.com/

20th Century Medica (detail), 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 10-1/8″ x 11-5/8″ x 4-3/8″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art
Found
From: briandettmer.com

…and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception. (1)

Webster Withdrawn, 2010, Altered Book, 11-3/4" x 16-1/2" x 13-1/4" - Image courtesy of the Artist and MiTO GalleryFrom: http://briandettmer.com/

Webster Withdrawn, 2010, Altered Book, 11-3/4″ x 16-1/2″ x 13-1/4″ – Image courtesy of the Artist and MiTO Gallery
From: briandettmer.com

In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images. (1)

Music of the World, 2009, Altered Book, 9-1/4" x 7-5/8" x 1-3/8" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer SchopfFrom: http://briandettmer.com/

Music of the World, 2009, Altered Book, 9-1/4″ x 7-5/8″ x 1-3/8″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer Schopf
From: briandettmer.com

Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. (1)

Full Set of Funk, 2009, Altered Books, 9-1/2" x 66" x 6" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer SchopfFrom: http://briandettmer.com/

Full Set of Funk, 2009, Altered Books, 9-1/2″ x 66″ x 6″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer Schopf
From: briandettmer.com

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. (1)

Tower 1 (Britannica) (detail), 2012, hardcover books, acrylic varnish, 89-1/2” x 15” x 15" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and SaltworksFrom: http://briandettmer.com/

Tower 1 (Britannica) (detail), 2012, hardcover books, acrylic varnish, 89-1/2” x 15” x 15″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Saltworks
From: briandettmer.com

Tower 1 (Britannica) (detail), 2012, hardcover books, acrylic varnish, 89-1/2” x 15” x 15" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and SaltworksFrom: http://briandettmer.com/

Tower 1 (Britannica) (detail), 2012, hardcover books, acrylic varnish, 89-1/2” x 15” x 15″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Saltworks
From: briandettmer.com

The age of information in physical form is waning. As intangible routes thrive with quicker fluidity, material and history are being lost, slipping and eroding into the ether. Newer media swiftly flips forms, unrestricted by the weight of material and the responsibility of history. In the tangible world we are left with a frozen material but in the intangible world we may be left with nothing. History is lost as formats change from physical stability to digital distress. (1)

All’s Well, 2011, Paperback books, acrylic medium, 7” x 53” x 3" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer SchopfFrom: http://briandettmer.com/

All’s Well, 2011, Paperback books, acrylic medium, 7” x 53” x 3″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Packer Schopf
From: briandettmer.com

My first-born son is relocating to Virginia. That makes me sad. This summer, Brian Dettmer is exhibiting in Virginia Beach. That makes me happy. Nanna’s coming, kids!

(1) quotes and images are from Brian Dettmer’s web page where more stunning images and artist information can be found.

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3 Responses to Altered Book Artist: Brian Dettmer

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    Stunning is the right word. I’m swinging over to Brians Website, thanks

  2. lovinchelle says:

    that looks amazing, what a creative idea

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