Monday, February 20, 2012

The Book Surgeon

I found something pretty spectacular tonight and feel compelled to share. I can't stop staring at these photos! This guy is so, so talented.

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.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 richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. 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."

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Originally posted here.
Read more about Brian and his work here.


  1. OMG, this is soo cool!
    And creative!
    The guy is amazing!

    I'm just feeling sorry for the book being cut^^
    we had an arts project at my school - not my course - in which they used old books and cut, painted them etc and I felt as though they were hurting the books :(

    xoxo Jen

  2. holy cannoli. this is beautiful! seriously....i can't even wrap my head around how he does this!

  3. Amanda, your blog is wonderful I love it!

  4. Holy wow!!! It's like a 3-D MC escher work. I am totally impressed and totally blown away with this guys talent!

  5. Oh my goodness, these are amazing!! They must take forever to do!! I'm glad it's using out of date books though =)
    And the red dress in the post below this is just fantastic!!

  6. Wow! I love book art like this! Have always wanted to try it too, but I'm afraid I'll get obsessed haha;) Like A-Beautiful-Mind obsessed and won't do anything else ever again. Or I suppose I'd get frustrated if it didn't work. I think those are my two options;)

    Thanks so much for sharing these!

  7. how fantasical! thanks for sharing - wicked cool

  8. wow - amazing! i just hope those books were thoroughly enjoyed first! ahah. btw, i'm currently holding a giveaway for my whole-hearted followers if you're interested! i hope we can connect!



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