The Dettmer Book Autopsies

Brian Dettmer, an American artist takes a very sharp knife and performs autopsies - on books of all things.  So far so literary Damien Hirst, you might say.  However, Dettmer does not simply slice inanimate objects in two, he nips, he tucks, he teases.  The result; books which may never have been opened again are given a new lease of life and a new audience gets to read them in an altogether different way than originally intended.

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@ Skipweasel - yeah - I agree, it is very difficult to see a book destroyed. My own family had painful experiences of it in the 1930s. However, this is not destruction - it is renaissance. The book is read in a very different way, yes, but it survives. Books destroyed by malice and those that are destroyed because they are verboten (as such) are one thing. Those which will end up in the dump (possibly like these. Damn, no italics available) and are given a new lease of life. Yes. More. X
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i saw these pieces in person at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery on 49 Geary in San Francisco several months ago. They're very impressive and are a must see if you're in the area.
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