Oh, the things you can do with physical books.
In previous posts we covered book origami (word sculptures created from books) and literary jewelery (rings and bracelets fashioned from the pages of famous literary works), and now we want to shine a spotlight on Guy Laramee’s landscape artwork made from carved books:
Laramee’s own words about his artwork:
We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished … My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation.
So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.
To see more go to Laramee’s website here.
What do you think? Both about these pieces as well as Laramee’s artistic statement about erosion and ultimate knowledge.