The Book Surgeon

Look a bit closer at this sculpture and you will realise that it is actually a book.

Or perhaps not? That is because New York based artist Brian Dettmer, or as he is otherwise known, The Book Surgeon, creates innovative artwork by using surgical tools on everyday books he finds lying around. Dettmer favours non-fiction works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and medical journals (you have to be fussy when choosing what to completely transform into another object, of-course).

As you can see from this close-up of one of our favourite examples of his work, he actually combines the written content, as well as the physical object,  into his work. Words such as ‘membrane’ are visible in the brain area, whilst ‘eye’ is visible in  – yes, you guessed it – the eye area.

Despite this intricate detailing and the fact that he doesn’t add anything, only ‘folds, bends, stacks and removes’,  he still manages to create incredible pieces.

The above is one of the few examples of his work that still retains a semi book-like appearance. Most form innovative shapes, showing the true originality of this New York based artist.

In his artists statement, Dettmer explains that ‘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’. Adding that ‘Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories’.