Thursday, 27 September 2007

In my neighbourhood.

I normally wouldn't take photographs in the middle of a church service, even a wedding, but I knew I wouldn't be able to recreate from memory this effect made by sunlight through stained glass windows onto stone wall.


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Book Autopsies: Brian Dettmer carves into books revealing the artwork inside, creating complex layered three-dimensional sculptures.


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Anne Campbell works in the office of a big law firm. Today one of her colleagues came up and asked if that was her husband on the teevee on Sunday afternoon. Anne sighed and said, yes that was him.
"Tell me," said the other lady, "What's a 'graphic novel'?"
(bloodcurdling scream, exit).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your poor wife. Mick

27 September 2007 1:31:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

Okay, that book autopsy thing, has to be one of the coolest pieces of art concept art I've ever seen. It's both graphic, and a novel, I think.

27 September 2007 1:35:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley said...

CHRISTOPHER!

BE QUIET!

GGAAAAARRRRRRHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGLE!

27 September 2007 3:19:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous Marcus Gipps said...

Well, he's right in that it is a very very beautiful thing, at least. Although the bookseller/booklover in me still looks at it and thinks 'yes, lovely, but some bastard cut up a nice book for that'!

I know, I need help. And I'd still like to own one.

M

27 September 2007 4:07:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous John C said...

It's been interesting watching Brian Dettmer's work circulate the web in recent weeks. I first noticed it on Giornale Nuovo back in August. After someone posted a link on Boing Boing those books have been turning up everywhere.

27 September 2007 5:30:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Mia said...

in the art world this kind of restructuring of books has been going on for a while. There's a whole realm of stuff under the genre/species title: artist book. Don't ask me to define it--if I had a wife I'd make her nuts.

27 September 2007 7:38:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

Hayley, hasn't your dad warned you about me? I'm a trouble maker. Tee-Hee!

27 September 2007 9:14:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger HemlockMan said...

Nice photo!

As a lifelong lover of books, I can't stand to see one mutilated, not even for the sake of a cool piece of art.

One guy who knows my feelings about seeing books damaged used to tear cheap Golden Age comics to bits at comic shows where I was in attendance.

27 September 2007 4:11:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

I must say I am pretty touchy about how books should be treated but I have seen a specialist about it and am now able to appreciate such wonderful pieces of art without starting to foam at the mouth.

28 September 2007 12:18:00 am GMT-5  

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