Saturday, December 8, 2012

Guy Laramee

The Cave (Brown's Bible)

El amor por las montañas nos curara (Litre Dictionary)

The Web (Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary)

Grand Larousse

Guy Laramee is a Montreal based artist. He is best known for his carved books that depict impressive landscapes. His work has been displayed in the Expression Museum in Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada.

The greatest part about Laramee's landscape is remembering after while that all the wonderful forms and textures are created by pages and pages of thick books stacked together. I think the best way to view Laramee's work would be to zoom in on specific details, such as the curve and flow of the mountains, and then zoom out to see it was made by carving books.

On Laramee's personal site, he explains why he chooses to use certain books such as dictionaries and encyclopedias.

“I carve landscapes out of books. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply is.”

While the sculptures are breathtaking, the true reasons are actually quite sad, in a both disappointing but beautiful way. As if Laramee takes these forgotten books, and gives them life to express them in the ways the book could not. It creates a new purpose for the book that was not being used for its actual purpose.

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