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Carved Book Art: Pretty or Pointless?

AdriHead 2012/07/02 21:05:29
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Get a load of this unique art! Brian Dettmer isn't your average artist. Rather than painting a portrait or drawing a sketch, he makes his art by intricately carving books using knives, tweezers and any other crafty tools he can find. His work is unlike any other... to say the least. Are you into the detailed book carvings? Or do you think it's kind of pointless?Artist Brian Dettmer uses surgical tools to carve up old encyclopedias, dictionaries, and medical journals. No materials are added and nothing inside the books are relocated, he simply carves the existing paper, one page at a time.

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  • dr9nfly 2012/07/15 05:43:21
    Pretty
    dr9nfly
    Is there supposed to be an image carved into it?
  • YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION 2012/07/07 11:41:34
    Pretty
    YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION
    THAT'S PRETTY AND, AND FACINATING, AND, AND TOTALLY LIKE BRAIL IN A WAY...YOU COULD READ IT WITH YOUR FINGERS THAT WAY! I SAY IF IT'S A GOOD IDEA DON'T WASTE IT AND IF YOU GET THE CREATIVITY TO DO ANYTHING THAT'S NEVER BEEN DONE...I ADMIRE THOSE QUALITIES IN RANDOM STRANGERS OR NEW BEST FRIENDS!!!
  • Brosia 2012/07/07 03:33:59
    Pretty
    Brosia
    I do hope that he doesn't carve up rare and valuable books, but these look really awesome!
  • Angel* 2012/07/06 12:47:37
    Pretty
    Angel*
    Art is so cool, and with all those books never read we now can now give them
    A new dream to wish for.
    Art is never pointless.
  • Angel* Angel* 2012/07/06 12:52:24
    Angel*
    Just saw the mini iPad, know our fingers need to turn into toothpicks.
  • atti.tude 2012/07/06 07:15:14
    Pretty
    atti.tude
    Cool, but not for me
  • jiggy 2012/07/06 03:52:23
    Pretty
    jiggy
    +1
    I don't understand the "pointless" option.
  • Raphy 2012/07/06 03:44:52 (edited)
    Pretty
    Raphy
    +1
    He got skills. If people pay for them, keep doing it. At least he has a job. Maybe just a good hobby lol
  • jas wats 2012/07/06 02:44:00
    Pretty
    jas wats
    Pretty.... pointless. OK, maybe not. It is pretty though.
  • sdfwdg 2012/07/06 01:34:02
  • realist 2012/07/06 00:52:08
    Pretty
    realist
    Creative, though more as an art display then anything functional for a household.
  • ColourfulxRain 2012/07/06 00:40:55
    Pretty
    ColourfulxRain
    +1
    How can anyone consider this pointless? It's something, like most crafts, not many people can do without a machine or computer. Respect to this guy! I would never have the patience. It's beautiful work :)
  • susan BN-0 2012/07/05 23:02:34
    Pretty
    susan BN-0
    +1
    That's so cool.
  • AmyMah 2012/07/05 22:53:21
    Pretty
    AmyMah
    +1
    looks good
  • Quiet-is-feared 2012/07/05 21:29:09
    Pretty
    Quiet-is-feared
    +1
    The intricate detail in this is terrific :D
  • Vitalani 2012/07/05 21:18:43
    Pretty
    Vitalani
    +1
    Awesome....
  • Shadow 2012/07/05 21:09:00
    Pretty
    Shadow
    +1
    It looks really pretty and cool! I probably wouldnt buy one because they're probably expensive... but Brian Dettmer's art is unique and beautiful. Art is never pointless.
  • Quazimoto 2012/07/05 21:05:32
    Pointless
    Quazimoto
    Books are meant to be read, not cut up for art. If other people like it that's great. Not a dime of my money will go to buy one of these books.
  • Ira 2012/07/05 20:58:29
    Pretty
    Ira
    +2
    When is art ever pointless? Really.
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/07/05 20:05:57
    Pretty
    TikkiPurdy
    +1
    To someone who treats books better that I treat PEOPLE sometimes...that's amazingly beautiful.
  • Brother Bo 2012/07/05 19:33:22
    Pretty
    Brother Bo
    +1
    The Muze gifts some people differently... I like it.
  • Pretty
    ♥♥♥MoDeSta-or just ElBiTa!♥♥♥
    +1
    It looks pretty!! :DD
  • John Hall 2012/07/05 17:01:26
    Pretty
    John Hall
    +1
    pretty damn cool give that artist a BIG RAVE.
  • Sweet-N-Sour 2012/07/05 14:25:32
    Pretty
    Sweet-N-Sour
    +1
    Art is creativity without a purpose, so by definition it is pointless. That doesn't make it any less beautiful to look at.
  • Luke Sweet-N... 2012/07/05 14:59:28
    Luke
    +2
    That is the purpose...to admire....candy for the eyes.....so not pointless...
  • Sweet-N... Luke 2012/07/05 15:15:12
    Sweet-N-Sour
    Well, I am an artist and I work with many different mediums so I can tell you from my perspective, even though I have been told how wonderful and beautiful my work is, it only benefits me. Just because someone thinks something is pretty does not make that thing have a purpose for their life or indeed, anyone else's. You are simply giving meaning to beauty.
    While I am an artist, I am also a realist. Beauty is like candy, you like it, it is nice to have, but you don't need it and it has no real benefit.
  • Luke Sweet-N... 2012/07/05 15:31:55
    Luke
    +1
    Any thing that pleases a person has benifits.....music, love, art, nature...alll pleasing to a person so hence it enriches that life.....gives it joy....... but they are not needed to exsist ....place a man in a cell with only water and rice and he exsists...no joy...
  • Sweet-N... Luke 2012/07/05 15:54:41
    Sweet-N-Sour
    No matter your argument, the plain fact is, things only have the meaning YOU give it. No thing that does not ensure your survival or health has inherent meaning of its own. Period.
    The work is beautiful, but NOT necessary. I like art, but I don't pretend it has a point, it's just fun for me to do and more than a few people like it, but it doesn't mean anything. If the world came crashing down tomorrow, I wouldn't even remember art.
  • kay29 2012/07/05 10:54:03
    Pretty
    kay29
    +1
    A very creative man, I love it.
  • 001 2012/07/05 10:44:44
    Pretty
    001
    +1
    Not just pretty, but also very impressive.
  • xxx 2012/07/05 05:43:30
  • Helmholtz 2012/07/05 02:46:57
    Pretty
    Helmholtz
    3D goldfish paintings:

  • Twinky Helmholtz 2012/07/05 22:08:24
  • Linnea Yaya 2012/07/05 00:12:34
    Pretty
    Linnea Yaya
    +2
    Those are super hard to make. I tried to carve a dictionary just as deep as a dvd holder... never completed it.
  • All American 2012/07/04 23:17:12
    Pretty
    All American
    +1
    Pretty amazing and creative, aesthetically speaking.
  • Call me Mark willya? 2012/07/04 23:12:24
    Pretty
    Call me Mark willya?
    +1
    There is one word in the bold print at the top of this page that answers the question for you... ART... People that think art is pointless will always believe so, but NO art is pointless even that Robert Mapplethorpe that everyone was screaming about and galleries and museums refused to display, his art has a point. It's mostly about self-expression, and emotion. Art is something that can bring your mind out of it'self and teach you to express yourself.

    I've made a few pieces, and am still working on others, I do a little photography I draw a little, and I write poetry. Just the few pieces I've seen here, although I hate the thought of a book being ruined, as long as there are other copies of the book he's using, I say it's beautiful...
  • Aingean 2012/07/04 21:57:56
    Pretty
    Aingean
    +1
    Nifty.
  • apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope 2012/07/04 20:43:12
    Pretty
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    +2
    It's amazing..

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  • Cunning Stunts 2012/07/04 19:43:56
    Pretty
    Cunning Stunts
    +1
    Are you taking notes Tim Burton?
  • mizzSHADYgirl 2012/07/04 19:34:46
    Pretty
    mizzSHADYgirl
    +1
    I think it's cool

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