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Book Autopsies

April 13, 2011

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” in addition to melting old cassette tapes, atlanta based artist brian dettmer also has a penchant for dissecting
old books to make one of a kind creations.much like cassettes, dettmer observed how books are becoming
a dying vessel for content in the internet age. he points out, ‘by altering pre-existing materials and shifting
functions, new and unexpected roles of old materials emerge.’ dettmer begins to create these dissected book
by sealing their edges and slowly carving out his creations. using surgical tools he reveals certain elements
and hides others. ‘the completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly
where they have been since their original conception.”

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