Stunning landscapes carved out of books are indeed a visual treat


Seriously, who could have thought the fascinating landscapes were carved out of books? The amazing forms have literally kept us spellbound. It is surprising to see as to how the sculptures, although known to us as mere stacks of paper, effortlessly make a new realm unfold before us.

Guy Laramee from Canada is the artist who makes these captivating landforms emerge out of stacks of books. He states, “My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation. The title of one of my pieces is “ All Ideas Look Alike”. Contemporary art seems to have forgotten that there is an exterior to the intellect. I want to examine thinking, not only “what” we think, but “that” we think.

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.

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