Posted by baykiddead August 11, 2011

The transformation of a thing can be powerful. And if we're talking an old, forgotten book in the hands of Chicago native, and current Atlanta artist Brian Dettmer, transformation is also insanely beautiful. Even more impressive, is that the elements of this transformation are all there to begin with. Nothing in these books is added or moved. It's truly addition by subtraction. And in doing so, Brian is able to satisfy one of the mandates of art, which is to allow his viewer to climb inside the head of the creator. What is removed doesn't concern us anymore, we are free to fully understand the impact of what remains, to contemplate why it does, and then celebrate it's existence. If that's not high art, I don't know what is.

I strongly suggest exploring more of his work via his official site, order his book from Amazon or check the interview he did with My Modern Metropolis.


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