Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Truly Amazing Works of Art

Good Morning! Well, never got back to the blog yesterday- I cleaned, listed stuff on e-bay, and ripped up carpet in the living room. Well- actually David did the ripping up, I helped move stuff off. More on that later (never know what you're gonna find under the carpet....)

Anyway, here I am again, coffee, checking e-mail, etc. I decide to read one of my digests from my altered books yahoo group. Haven't done altered anything in a while, and I usually don't have much time to read digests, so I most often stick them in a folder in my hotmail and forget them.

I am so, so soo soo glad I decided to read it today!!! Even if you are not into altered books, or altered anything, you gotta check this out, you just gotta!!!

These are so truly amazing...I have never seen anything like this...took my breath away! I can't really describe these, you just have to go look:

Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

All I can say is WOW. What a lovely way to start the day :)

more later-

Love, Laura

P.S. I went back and read the comments after another look-see at the books. here are my two favorite comments:

"Doesn't it seem like this would be an excellent way to advertise/market books to encourage children and young adults to read more? It expresses visually all the excitement inside, making the books seem like boundless little universes."

Laura

and:

"cut it out"

hebron

lol. I thought the first was perfect, and the second was just funny :D

I did notice how sad it is that some people are so against doing art with books that would otherwise simply be destroyed or wind up in a landfill. They obviously don't "get it", even though it was explained several times. This is the ultimate in recycling!

Sorry to make this longer, but I had to edit one last time to add this explanation from the artist (it's incedible):

Explanation of Book Dissections-

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 cover of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page 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 a book’s hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

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