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 Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.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.

"My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception," he says.

"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."

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Update: Read our exclusive interview with the Book Surgeon here.

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  • REAL art books!

  • stunning

  • GASP
    look for the dictinary definition of "takes my breathe away," but...
    well, the dictionary is carved out to make THIS
  • mind bogling
  • Utterly Amazing!
  • Absolutely unreal! :)
  • This is just AMAZING! By far the coolest thing I've seen in awhile. He has some major talent!
  • These are gorgeous! Skill and talent that I like to see and a great way to "reuse" all those dated books.
    Thanks for sharing.
  • I love paper too :-) great work
  • I really love your work!
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