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New Hyperrealistic Topographic Landscapes Carved into Old Books by Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee Creates Hyperrealistic Topographic Landscapes Carved into Old Books - Arts de la Chine

We of course are all familiar with the absolutely stunning book sculptures that Guy Laramee has so meticulously carved in the past, here and here. These hyperrealistic, three dimensional landscapes are carved into disused knowledge, recycling discarded books and obsolete encyclopedias that are literally just waiting to be transformed into something wonderful. Laramee is able to do just that with his keen ability to refine each book, or layers of books, and capture the finer details of the valleys, towering mountains, and widespread deserts. His use of inks and pigments subtly amplifies those details, bringing each of these topographic landscapes to life.

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Carved Encyclopedias Transformed Into Dada-Inspired Sculptures

Carved Encyclopedias Transformed Dada-Inspired Sculptures

Originally from Chicago and now living and working in Atlanta, Brian Dettmer, aka the book surgeon, is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media and this wonderful series is his latest in Dada-inspired carved works. These sculptures are made from old encyclopedias, a medium nearing extinction, with their pages of data carved into intricate photomontages reminiscent of Dada artists like Hannah Hoch.

Artist Creates Massive Altered Book Sculptures Coated in Wax

Artist Creates Massive Altered Book Sculptures Coated in Wax by Jessica Drenk - Reading Our Remains Carving

Interested in archeology and paleontology, South Carolina based artist Jessica Drenk transforms mass-produced commercial products such as books, PVC piping, and toilet paper into organic forms that resonate with their material origins. Drenk cuts and carves book sculptures into old volumes and transforms them into fossil-like structures that she coats with wax, leaving some of them smooth to the touch. The play between form and material draws a parallel between the archival impulses of books and archaeology, and posits a common fate for all objects. “On a long enough time scale, there is no difference between manmade and nature; in the life cycle of objects, everything eventually returns to the earth,” Drenk has said. Tactile and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple organic materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world.

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Hand Carved Antique Book Sculptures by Adele Moreau


London based artist Adele Moreau constructs altered books from a variety of found media such as vintage encyclopedias, natural history books and illustrated science manuals. The beautiful 19th century antique books she uses for her sculptures contain hundreds of original illustrations and engraving which she carefully cut out and dissect, editing as she goes to reveal a hidden world inside, giving the books a new lease of life. By re appropriating discarded items and preserving and enhancing what is often overlooked, she transforms them into objects of fascination. 


Her current series of book carvings are inspired by the work of American artists such as Brian Dettmer. The original illustrations are carefully selected page by page and delicately hand-cut to reveal a hidden narrative while still keeping the integrity of the original book intact.

Recycled Carved Book Sculptures By Long-Bin Chen

Recycled Book Sculptures By Long-Bin Chen Buddah

Utilizing various recycled phone books, newspapers, books, and magazines as his medium, New York-based artist Long-Bin Chen is able to transform them into remarkable sculptures. If you were to take a step back, upon first glance you would think these sculptures to be made of stone, but upon closer inspection the vary detailing, sometime a series of books with different colors, add the grain and texture that make it otherwise. Most of the work is carved from locally printed material into figures of warriors, buddhas and even of Mount Rushmore. He has also done shows in the past in which he aims to encourage communication about consumption, waste, and the pre-digital era of bound books.

Narratives Through Carved Antique Books

Narratives Through Carved Antique Books

England-based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson has carved these antiquarian books into unique sculptures and has brought to life the narrative scenarios that lie within them. We have seen several types of book carving throughout our site, varying from landscapes or even portraits. Alexander's pieces reflect the original context of these books, each illustration within in their original position as a way to convey their meanings through each layer.

Carved Book Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Carved Book Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Maskull Lasserre is a Canadian-born sculpture artist who has taken these old software manuals and carved into them super realistic human skull.

Unique Carved Book Sculptures from Guy Laramee

Unique Carved Book Sculptures from Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee is back with some new book sculptures that continue to become more and more impressive. If you aren't familiar with Laramee's work, his art reflects that of recent experiences. These books in particular are a culmination of past events that were very deep in his heart and has become a dedication to the mysterious forces thanks to which we can traverse these ordeals.

I had the recent pleasure to see some of his work up close, particularly the one shown above which reflects the devastating tsunami that struck Japan, and I have to say it is even more captivating in person. If you happen to be in New York City, please be sure to stop by the Christopher Henry Gallery to see A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition. It is completely stunning!

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition

On Thursday, May 10th I had the privilege of attending a amazing paper exhibition at the Christopher Henry Gallery entitled A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters. This group exhibition, curated by Diana Ewer, is celebrating the renaissance of cut paper as an artistic medium where 12 international artists have been featured, each working in their in particular expertise whether it be a carefully sliced book or an intricately cut piece of paper.

Stunning Book Sculptures by Guy Laramee

Stunning Book Sculptures by Guy Laramee

"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. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are." -- Guy Laramee