Stunning Cut-Out Book Art By Brian Dettmer That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

Artist Brian Dettmer is a talented artist and his media of choice happens to be books. With a little bit of careful carving, he can make amazing creations from already printed pages. While there are a number of artists who work with books, it seems safe to say that Brian has definately earned his nickname ” the book surgeon.”  (Is it just me or does that sound like a bad guy from the hit TV show Dexter.)

Dettmer is originally from Chicago although he currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Brian is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media.  Dettmer’s work has been exhibited Internationally in several galleries, museums and art centers including the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (GA), the International Museum of Surgical Science (IL), Museum Rijswijh (Netherlands), Wellcome Collection (England) the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), The Kohler Arts Center (WI), and the Illinois State Museums (IL). His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the U.S, Latin America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Dettmer’s work has gained International acclaim through internet bloggers, and traditional media. His work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, The New York Times (US), The Los Angeles Times (US), The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK) Chicago Tribune (US), The Age (AU), Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper’s, Esquire and National Public Radio among others.

In recent years Dettmer has established himself as one of the leading International contemporary artists working with the book today. In 2011 his work was featured on the cover of Book Art (Gestalten Publishers, Berlin) and discussed in a historical context in Bookwork (Stewart, The University of Chicago Press). In 2012 he is scheduled to have solo shows in San Francisco with Toomey Tourell Fine Art and The Jewish Community Center; in Maribor, Slovenia as part of its celebration as the European Cultural Capital of 2012; in Lucca, Italy for Cartasia, a biennale of contemporary paper art; and in Atlanta, GA at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. His work is also scheduled to be in several group shows including “40 under 40” at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute.

Click HERE to check out his website and see more of his incredible art and tell him blurppy sent you (and that we LOVE his work).


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14 Responses to Stunning Cut-Out Book Art By Brian Dettmer That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

  1. Heather says:

    Holy hell. O.O


  2. Mandi says:

    i can’t even.. how does he.. wha…?


    • blurppy says:

      I KNOW! I am STILL scratching my head and I wrote the article 2 days ago! Glad you liked it. Be sure to share the link with friends and family! Have a fantastic week and thanks for checking out our blog.


  3. suzy says:

    those a pretty neat. good way to recycle outdated encyclopedias.


  4. giovannirosso1 says:

    Looks amazing…just like a tattoo


  5. StewB says:

    Gobsmacking! Why? -because “all ART is quite useless” (Oscar Wilde) Thanks for your time.


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  7. metalpig says:

    Wicked Cut-Out Book Art! 😛


  8. Julie Knepp says:

    A very cool article, but I wish the video had shown the artist at work. Also, I’d love to see one of these up close, and be able to touch it. I hope his art spreads rapidly!


  9. Felica says:

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to “return the favor”.

    I am attempting to find things to improve my
    website!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!


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