Originally from Chicago, artist Brian Dettmer, who creates innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media, currently resides in Atlanta.
As is the case with other artists working with books as their material of choice, Dettmer uses his art, in part, as a commentary on the waning physical form of the information age. The long-lasting book is being replaced by the intangible, digital file, and the world risks being left with nothing.
Dettmer works by cutting into the surface of books and dissecting through it. Working with knives, tweezers and surgical tools he carves one page at a time. Nothing within is relocated, just removed. Alternate histories and memories are revealed. In the case of the series of quotes above, Dettmer has cut into groups of paperbacks, sealed with acrylic, carving out the easily recognizable unfinished quotes.
via tribe magazine