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Mountainous Landforms Top Carved Book Configurations by Guy Laramée

January 23, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Historia das Americas II Guy Laramée (previously) erects topographic specimen from collections of vintage books. His carved sculptures imitate the mountains of knowledge once physically collected in books rather than compiled via digital means. In this series of new works from 2017-2018 the Montreal-based artist incorporates traditional methods of book organization as integral parts of the sculptures— such as box set containers, simple wood stand…

 

 



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Magnificent New Carved Book Landscapes and Architecture by Guy Laramée

May 1, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Montreal-based artist Guy Laramée (previously) recently unveiled a new body of sculptural work, highlighting his evolving ability to excavate mountainous landscapes, cavernous hollows, and sloping watersheds from the dense pages of repurposed books. One of his favorite mediums are bound stacks of old dictionaries and encyclopedias which he carves using a method of sandblasting to which he later applies oil paints, inks, pigments and dry pastels,…

 

 



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

March 8, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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

 

 



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Bird Portraits Painted On Secondhand Books Featuring Their Native Brazilian Habitats Carved from the Pages

June 3, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

Guy Laramée‘s (previously) new series Onde Elles Moran (Where They Live) captures the mystique of the native birds of the Brazilian region Serra do Corvo Branco (Range of the White Raven) through both portrait and carved landscape. The series contains nine sculptures sourced from secondhand bookstores within the country—tomes of the Classicos Jackson which is a series of literature classics published in the ‘50s in Brazil. The rich linen c…

 

 



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Artist Guy Laramée Carves a Mountainous Landscape from an Encyclopedia Britannica Set

December 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

In one of his most ambitious book sculptures to date artist Guy Laramée (previously here and here) created an homage to the printed Encyclopedia Britannica by transforming a 24-volume set into a sloping mountainous landscape. Titled Adieu, Laramée says the work was inspired in part by Encyclopedia Britannica’s announcement that after 244 years the would cease printing its iconic multi-volume book sets. The artist relied on his travels in E…

 

 



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Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

June 18, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Long Bin Chen Long Bin Chen Long Bin Chen Guy Laramee Guy Laramee Guy Laramee Francesca Pastine Francesca Pastine Doug Beube Doug Beaube Brian Dettmer Brian Dettmer The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina recently opened an immense exhibition featuring five contemporary artists who create sculptures and installations using various books and printed materials. Rebound features new works by Guy Larame…

 

 



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Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramée

June 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist Guy Laramee (previously) has recently completed a number of new sculptural works where he transforms thick tomes into incredible topographical features including mountains, caves, volcanoes, and even water. Many of the works are part of a new project titled Guan Yin, a series of work dedicated to the forces that enable individuals to endure grief and pain, or in his words “the mysterious forces thanks to which we can traverse ordeal…