Brian Dettmer: Book Surgeon

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Artist Brian Dettmer cuts into books with surgical tools, creating new pictures and interpretations from the preexisting pages.

By highlighting the weight and depth of physical books, he draws attention to those aspects which can’t be replicated with e-readers. Without adding or moving anything, Dettmer finds “new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.”

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To see more of Brian Dettmer’s work, visit his website and his Flicker Photostream.


Jill Haberkern has lived in a one-room house made of tombstones and a farmhouse with a walrus head. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, with neither. Her writing has appeared in the Mid-American Review. More from this author →