Brian Dettmer has been called a “Book Surgeon.” I remember coming across his work in blogs as I was looking for reference images of Altered Books. I was then fortunate enough to see his work in person at the Memorial Art Gallery exhibit titled, “Extreme Materials 2.” It appears to be painstaking work. Listen in the video below to what he says about the book being the artifact and how the art is the excavation process.
Macmillan, 2011, Hardcover book, acrylic medium, 11-1/8″ x 9-1/2″ x 2-1/8″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art
Wagnalls Wheel, 2010, Altered Set of Encyclopedias, 9″ x 20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art
Key Monument (detail), 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 10-1/4″ x 8-7/8″ x 2-3/8″ – Image Courtesy of the Artist and The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Chicago, IL