New Snowcapped Mountains and Swirling Vortexes Excavated from Vintage Books by Guy Laramée 

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“V” (2015) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 11,5 x 9 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“V” (2015) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 11,5 x 9 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

Continuing to amaze us with his elaborate dictionary and encyclopedia carvings, Guy Laramée‘s (previously here and here) newest works feature deep caverns and valleys that retreat hundreds of pages down into his excavated books. One in particular, “V,” appears like a snowcapped vortex circling down into an endless pit. Viewing this piece, or any of his mountainous works, it’s hard to imagine that their material is stacked and sandblasted paper, the sheets presented more like layers of earth than printed definitions.

Laramée chooses to carve into sources of reference as a conceptual nod to the erosion of cultures, a theme that has pervaded the last 25 years of his practice. “Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones,” Laramée’s artist statement explains. “With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask, so what?”

His works attempt to showcase how increasing knowledge might actually be an erosion rather than accumulation by altering these previous beacons of information. They are now integrated into our digital systems, and their husks transformed into mountains and valleys.

You can see more of Laramée’s carved and painted books at JHB Gallery in New York City and Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

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“V” (2015) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 11,5 x 9 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“V” (2015) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 11,5 x 9 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“Irazu” (2015) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 11,5 x 9 x 5 (h) inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“Irazu” (2015) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 11,5 x 9 x 5 (h) inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“Le Début” (2016) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 12 x 9 x 5 (h) inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“Le Début” (2016) Carved book, inks, pigments, wax. 12 x 9 x 5 (h) inches. Photo Alain Lefort.

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“DESERT OF UNKNOWING” (2016) Carved books, inks, pigments. 39 x 11,5 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort

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“DESERT OF UNKNOWING” (2016) Carved books, inks, pigments. 39 x 11,5 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort

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“DESERT OF UNKNOWING” (2016) Carved books, inks, pigments. 39 x 11,5 x 5 inches. Photo Alain Lefort

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Embroidered Mushrooms, Animals, and Other Forest Creatures by Emillie Ferris 

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Inspired by spring flora and fungus, 21-year-old Emillie Ferris embroiders one-of-a-kind hoops that feature detailed rabbits, foxes, and mushrooms. The works are handstitched and kept on their original frame, drawing the viewer’s attention to the amount of handiwork that went into each animal’s coat or spotted mushroom cap. You can see more of the UK-based artist’s work, including her recent series of custom pet portraits, on her Instagram and Tumblr. (via So Super Awesome)

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Sponsor // Learn Travel Sketching in Mixed Media With 50% Off This Online Craftsy Class 

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Capture the energy and excitement of travel in spontaneous sketches! Whether you have just a few minutes to jot lines, or a half hour to make a small watercolor, start depicting your surroundings in stunning sketches. Learn how with professional artist Marc Taro Holmes in his online Craftsy class, Travel Sketching in Mixed Media. You’ll get 50% off Marc’s video lessons — a special, one-week offer for Colossal readers — and learn fun, fast and flexible techniques for sketching on location.

With these lessons, which you can watch anytime and as many times as you like, Marc will guide you through everything from elegant observational sketches in line, to bold silhouette drawings with a brush pen, watercolor sketching, layering techniques, and more. Along the way, you’ll also pick up skills for visual storytelling and perspective drawing.

Visit Craftsy now to get 50% off the online class, Travel Sketching in Mixed Media, and enjoy your video lessons risk-free with Craftsy’s full money-back guarantee. Offer expires March 14, 2016 at 11:59pm MT.

New Spray Painted Tile Floor Patterns in Abandoned Spaces by Javier De Riba 

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Instead of competing with giant graffiti tags or wall murals, Spanish artist Javier De Riba (previously) takes an entirely different approach with his spray painted street art. Utilizing carefully overlapped stencil sets, Riba creates pristine sections of tile floor patterns in the midst of cracked sidewalks or on the floors of abandoned buildings. His measured use of color, original geometric arrangements, and precise execution makes every artwork stand out, no matter how mundane the location.

Riba has also begun working with wood varnish to create similar geometric shapes and produced limited edition spray prints of his most recognizable patterns. You can follow his work on Facebook and on Behance.

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Anatomical Balloon Dog and Rubber Ducky Models by Jason Freeny 

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Designer Jason Freeny (previously) is known for his humorous realizations of popular toys turned into anatomical models. Lego figures, Barbie dolls, gingerbread men, and even gummy bears have all gotten the cross-section treatment, and next up: the classic rubber bath ducky and the balloon dog. Each toy comes as a kit you can assemble yourself. Available through Mighty Jaxx. (via The Awesomer)

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