Metaphormosis - Alice Through The Looking Glass Art Commission -Brian Dettmer
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Alice Through The Looking Glass commissioned U.S. sculptor, Brian Dettmer to produce the work
Brian Dettmer is a New York-based artist known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books. Dettmer’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries, museums and art centres including the Smithsonian (D.C.), Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Wellcome Collection (England), the Bellevue Arts Museum and the Illinois State Museums. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times (US), and The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK and Harpers Bazaar
The age of information in physical form is waning. As intangible routes thrive with quicker fluidity, material and history are being lost, slipping and eroding into the ether. Newer media swiftly flips forms, unrestricted by the weight of material and the responsibility of history. In the tangible world we are left with a frozen material but in the intangible world we may be left with nothing. History is lost as formats change from physical stability to digital distress.
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. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.
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