Monday Incredible: Book Sculptures

Wow, wow, wow. We are generally against using books for anything other than reading, but artist Guy Laramee is the exception. Guy takes plain books and carves them into the most amazing, intricate sculptures that we have ever seen!

What Guy Laramee says about his work:

The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition?

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

After 30 years of practice, the only thing I still wish my art to do is this: to project us into this thick “cloud of unknowing.”

 

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5 comments
  1. wow- never seen anything like this-absolutely amazing
    like you I think books should be read – but what are you supposed to do with all those old encyclopedias.

  2. Your site fascinates me. Where do you find these things? Strange and wonderful.

  3. Sharine said:

    I always had a thing for old antique looking books I thought that was art…. but this… this is art… this is amazing art I love these pictures. Thanks for sharing

  4. really interesting. everything on your site is incredible. please install a pinterest button too. would like to share there.

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