Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dettmer's Book Sculptures

Sculptor Brian Dettmer has been creating marvelous works of art by doing "surgery" on books. In this specific sculpture, Dettmer has taken numerous hard-covered books, carved and colored them, and attached them together to form what reminds one of a caterpillar. I find this sculpture extremely interesting because of the way Dettmer utilized the free-falling, organic nature of the pages in the book to replicate a creature without a skeleton. On the other hand, the rigid covering of the books imitate the spikes or legs that the creature has, which are usually the only parts of its body that are not tender and delicate.

--Jennifer Zhang

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