I love to read more than I like to do almost anything else. My parents are avid readers, our house is full of books and I used to devour them when I was young. For me, reading is such a joy that I can’t really pretend to understand a person who doesn’t love it. And if I encounter a person who shares the same passion, they are immediately elevated in my opinion.
Sadly, though, the past few months since Christmas have been so choc-full of exams, then balls and now dissertation and essays, that I can’t even remember the last thing I read for enjoyment. What’s more, I am afflicted with a habit of writing lists of things which, in my opinion, I ‘must’ read. Anybody else who does this knows that the list is never finished and can lead to annoying feelings of not having done enough which in turn makes one even more restless.
I was saying as much to my friend Beth, who reads more than I do. She showed me The Book Surgeon, to distract me.
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.
Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.