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Brian Dettmer takes analog media — old instructional books, art books, science and engineering books, history books, comic books, medical texts, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, cassette tapes — and with an X-Acto knife and hundreds of razor-sharp blades turns them into detailed and extravagantly layered sculptural works.
At Columbia College in Chicago, Dettmer originally focused on painting. But after graduating in 1997 he worked in graphic design and signage. Three years later he started tearing, cutting, fragmenting and gluing books, the medium that has earned him an international reputation.
Dettmer’s work has been shown in Slovenia, the Netherlands, Spain, England, Canada, Germany, Mexico and throughout the United States, including solo shows in New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta and Barcelona. He has also been featured in the CBS Evening News, The New York Times, The Guardian in the United Kingdom, Wired, National Public Media and more.
An exhibition of Dettmer’s work will open Oct. 20, 2012 and run through Jan. 5, 2913 at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta.
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