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Mar 30 2011

Can’t Do That With An eBook…

by Joseph M

Amidst the debate over the relevance of printed books versus eBooks, some artists are creating surprising works of art using the traditional print format in decidedly nontraditional ways.

This first link will take you to the art of Brian Dettmer, aka The Book Surgeon. Currently a resident of Atlanta, Dettmer has been working with books as art projects for almost 10 years. He begins with old and out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, dictionaries, and other similar books, manipulating the pages and spines in various ways to form the shape of his sculptures, sometimes combining multiple books in one piece. He then uses a variety of small precision tools to remove material, until you end up with interesting art like the piece shown to the right.

You can see more pieces, and read an interview with the book surgeon, by clicking here

Book art of a similar nature can be viewed at this flickr gallery.

If you’re into this sort of thing, take a look at previous posts showcasing other types of book art.

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Veronica W March 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Fascinatingly lovely. His work reminds me of the intricate work of Canadian sculptor Calvin Nicholls, who designed some “reading” note cards given to me by an attendee at an ALA conference many moons ago. I wish I could find some more.

Dea Anne M March 31, 2011 at 9:48 AM

These are gorgeous. They remind me of the collages done by one of my favorite artists, Joseph Cornell.

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