Sunday, May 28, 2017

Encyclopedic Art

The art of knowledge:
Montreal-based Guy Laramée creates sculptures out of old dictionaries and encyclopedias, or anything else a library visitor might walk past without a second glance. Most of his pieces are under a foot tall, but up close they contain grand vistas.

Laramée carves cavernous valleys, formidable peaks, and cascading hills into the sets of books. The detailed etchings are done via sandblasting.

With the books arranged in a variety of different ways, he glues them together with adhesives and applies layers of paints, inks, pastels, and crayons to provide color.

Not surprisingly, each piece, whether it’s a unique inspired or a commissioned work, takes several months to produce.
I don't know anything about encyclopedias, but I know what they are when I see one...

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