Artist Guy Laramée transforms old books into oceans, valleys, and sprawling mountain ranges. For the last 25 years, he’s created multimedia artworks that address the “erosion of cultures” and the way new technologies affect the transmission of knowledge. His works explore (and question) the shift from print to digital, from the physical world of the library to the intangible realm of the Internet, giving new life to abandoned encyclopedias and obsolete reference books.
“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,” Laramée writes on his website. “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.”
Laramée's works are currently on display at Jayne H. Baum Gallery (JHB) in New York City and Foster / White Gallery in Seattle. More images of his book carvings can be seen on his website. Check out a few of our favorites below.
All Images Courtesy of Foster / White Gallery