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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer is a New York-based artist known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media. Dettmer’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries, museums and art centers including the Smithsonian (D.C.)

This is what Dettmer says about his art: 
The age of information in physical form is waning. As intangible routes thrive with quicker fluidity, material and history are being lost, slipping and eroding into the ether. Newer media swiftly flips forms, unrestricted by the weight of material and the responsibility of history. In the tangible world we are left with a frozen material but in the intangible world we may be left with nothing. History is lost as formats change from physical stability to digital distress.
The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.

credits: Brian Dettmer


  1. Hello,

    These works by Brian Dettmer are truly remarkable. Not only are they incredibly intriguing to look at but they are so obviously the result of an incredible amount of painstakingly detailed work. He is certainly a master of his art.

    We have never heard of Dettmer previously, nor have we seen any of his work. We can identify totally with his wish to make some statement about the loss of physical forms to the more fleeting virtual world in which we live. These works make a powerful commentary on the 'digital distress' of our times.

    1. Until few weeks back even I have not heard about Brian Dettmer, interestingly I discovered him through the digital world of internet. I was so intrigued by his art I found his website, visited every gallery representing him.
      I agree with your comment, "digital distress", as I too am suffering from it, I think we all are.

  2. Very interesting art! totally new artist for me :)
    your words are just perfect in the comment you just left. indeed!
    Have a wonderful times!

  3. Wow - totally original and loads of detail!! His work is incredible - interesting textures!! Thanks for this feature. Cheers.

  4. Fabulous and fascinating works of art; the detail is incredible!
    Thank you so much for the introduction to this great artist!

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    The Arts by Karena

    1. Thanks Karena. I visit your blog regularly and do not miss your posts, but it would have been great to have your blog link on my blog updated. Don't worry we all succumb to this digital technology.

  5. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.