Brian Dettmer creates detailed sculptures out of books. He describes these pieces as “a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators” in the sense that the final pieces lend new meaning to the book’s internal elements.
By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.
Some of our favourite pieces by Dettmer follow, but you can view many more – as well as find out more information about Dettmer and his work – on his website at briandettmer.com.