The Book Surgeon

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Brian Dettmer carves away sections of the pages in old books, one at a time - exposing the contents to create hyper-detailed impressionistic homages to the original material.

Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

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.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.

The Book Surgeon (My Modern Met)