Books become landscape–altered book art

16_petras1I have the greatest veneration for books: many of my most treasured possessions are books, and to this day making a note in a margin feels like a small sacrilege. So it comes as a great surprise how excited I can get over altered book art.

Some, like Alice in Wonderland and others by this artist team, are whimsical adaptations of the text into visual art. But I’ve never seen anything like the landscapes from Guy Laramee.

18_historia-illustrada-do-japaosIn his own words:

 … I want to examine thinking, not only “what” we think, but “that” we think.
       So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS…

29_solubilityAnd so a history of Japan can become a shrine on the side of Mt Fuji and I will not cry desecration; a text of metals and ores becomes a cavern and something new has come into the world.


See more here
,  and at Guy Laramee’s website.

Click to enlarge any of these pictures.

One response to “Books become landscape–altered book art

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