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Brian Dettmer  Atlanta, GA

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About Brian

Old books, records, tapes, maps, and other media frequently fall into a realm that too much of today’s art occupies. Their intended role has decreased or deceased and they often exist simply as symbols of the ideas they represent rather than true conveyers of content. … When an object’s intended function is fleeting, the necessity for a new approach to its form and content arises.

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Joyce Varvatos

Art advisor

"Brian’s reinvention of the book is no shorter than extraordinary. If his sculptures were made on a computer I would be impressed but the fact that they are each hand carved convinces me that he is a genius."


Amsterdam, The Netherlands artist

"The altering and transformation of vintage books into intricate and innovative new sculptures is inspiring. The usage of unique literature itself, the extensive study and his reaction to this, shows extensive concentration. Through the pages he finds a perfect balance between conceptions and explores an new way of looking into literal imagery like a puzzle. The journey into unvealing a concealed story is so strong, it illuminates a new way of looking at books. He has evolved in the greatest sense in finding the hidden treasures books provide. A mind bogling and facinating use of old materials which shows a creativeness swayed to his hand. He carves and sculps away into a new dimention which elevates the reader between the lines, to a higher unseen level."

Brian appears in the following Top 10 lists





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"I like it but can't read it :)"

"What beauitful work. So inspiring and so creative!"

"pic a&b; mechanisim of idealogy and concept"

"this is really very my eyes it looks like a treasure which u hve got from the sea which contains a lot of mysteries in it which makes me eager 2 read............."

"Very unique and distinct perspective."

"that is certainly a book i would be interested in reading."

"very creative and cute and pretty, also intricate and delicate looking-very cool!! :D"

"Tremendous detail and depth really impresses me."


"im from atlanta too"

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