Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Interview with the Book Surgeon (7 pics)

Brian Dettmer~meticulously dissects books using knives, tweezers and surgical tools. Each piece only reveals what was inside, nothing is added, only removed to reveal the life inside the medical books he used for these

“Library of American History (detail)” (2012), by Brian Dettmer. Courtesy Brian Dettmer/Toomey Tourell.

Book Art and the Freedom to Read

Brian Dettmer - Library of American History (detail), 2012 hardcover books, acrylic varnish, x x - Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art

altered books by brian dettmer I always like how these book crafts/projects look, but I can't quite make myself cut apart a book. They're too precious!

altered books by brian dettmer. Attended his lecture tonight at Aurora University.

Brian Dettmer.  Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.    Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces)

contemporary artist Brian Dettmer creates incredible works of art with old books and tremendous patience. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools

10 Amazing Book-Art Pieces - book art, books art

Altered Book: contemporary artist Brian Dettmer creates incredible works of art with old books and tremendous patience. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools

The Brain - Brian Dettmer | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Would love to do a relief project like this with a design and different levels of various zentangles on black cardboard The Brain - Brian Dettmer

More of Brian Dettmer's book surgeon art as featured on My Modern Met.

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces)

All the stuff by this artist is ridiculously cool. It looks difficult, but it seems like, with the right book, maybe an old encyclopedia with lots of pictures, it's doable.

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces)

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces)

The Book Surgeon - Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces)

The Book Surgeon. most incredible thing I have ever seen! "Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time"

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