Thursday, April 28, 2011

Incredible Sculptural Book Art - The Book Surgeon

Books are usually made for reading, yea I know crazy right. When a book isn’t used for ready sometimes we get creative and use them for a door stop, maybe a pillow to take a nap, or something for simple and boring. Well here is another use of books that is a little bit more creative and definitely a lot more pleasing to the eye. 

Here are some incredible book sculptures:

Brian Dettmer is an American artist who takes old books and turns them into beautiful works of art by cutting away selected parts to reveal layered images and text. He creates fantastic book art some might even call them sculptures. His work is super detailed and technical and I can only imagine how many times he has cut himself with an exacto-knife..

Brian Dettmer is one of a growing number of artists who has made a virtue of the redundant book by transforming it into a modern masterpiece.

These interesting pieces of Book Origami are made by Isaak Salazar. He has no formal education, but his ideas enable him to create such a great artworks. According to his words, he is into alternative energy, recycling and reusing, so his work is, on the one hand, a way of recycling a book  that might end up in a landfill. His technique is developed  from simple letters to more complicated words, logos and symbols. Isaac Salazar cuts, folds and slices the pages of books and the results are amazing book sculptures. 

 The Book Art of Robert The

They’re books—only changed. Carved, warped, fired like pottery, they are books transformed into visual art, but still they’re books.

Book art is intimate, fascinating, and transgressive. When we talk about books, we are usually talking about what’s inside, but there is a lot more to a book than reading it. Book art makes those other aspects its domain: the way books look; the way that, with their bent spines and marginalia, they record the history of our own reading lives; the way that these mass-produced objects can seem to hold not just letters but knowledge.

Robert The never intended to be an artist. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he double majored in Philosophy and Math and was interested in language and logic, pursuing what he calls the “foundations of truth and meaning.” You might say his artwork continues that same search—but in a skewed way. Books are guns, a dictionary is a noose, and bugs crawl out of covers. They seem to mean something, but what? At the very moment that these works create new significations, the meanings float ever-elusively away.

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