Revisit: Book As Art! Artist Brian Dettmer (AKA-The Book Surgeon)

Book 1

Though the writing is a little rough (I wrote this in 2011), it doesn’t diminish the beauty of these works. I saw someone posting this work on Facebook recently and knew it was time to revist this post. Sometimes I’m so ahead of the curve. (Yeah…sure.)

I’m not usually a fan of “big name” Artists. Well maybe I am, but not here. This blog’s goal is to give Artists that don’t get the exposure and recognition they deserve. But when I saw the work of The Book Surgeon while surfing the web for new stuff, I knew I had to post it!

Book 2

His name is Brian Dettmer and as stated earlier, he’s known as The Book Surgeon.

Book 3

He takes outdated books, dictionaries and encyclopedias that would otherwise end up discarded and gives them new life. He carves them into painstakingly, intricate artworks with knives, tweezers and other surgical equipment.

Book 4

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms. His works began as amazingly detailed single books and has grown to multiple book or sets that possess an organic feel. A very life of their very own.

Book 5
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But no reason for me to keep waxing poetic (or at least as poetic as I can get) on his work, go see more of it at his blog!

Here is an interview with Brain posted on My Modern Met Interview with the Book Surgeon Posted by Alice on March 2, 2011

Art the World!


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