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 of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. 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.
Brian Dettmer starts with old books, often those that are bound for the landfill, and transforms them into objects of wonder in a new form.
Take a look at this video of an interview with Brian Detter on CBS News, where you can get a glimpse into his incredible talent and the way he works.