Book Carvings

by davidbjensen

To my way of thinking, the hallmark of any good piece of artwork is whether or not one is left with an awe-inspired sense of “what the…?”  In other words, the criteria upon which I judge quality art–like the piece or not–are based upon whether I’m left pondering a) how on God’s green earth did this person dream this concept up, and b) what in the hootenanny hell did they do to create it?

In the case of artist Guy Laramée and his brilliantly conceived landscape carvings FROM BOOKS, he has done just that.  I highly encourage anyone as intrigued by this uniquely novel (no pun intended) form of artistic expression to read the artist’s statement, which may glean some insight into criterion “a” above.  As for criterion “b” I’m left musing that the creation of these works entail some ingenious craftiness with digital imaging technologies and a CNC laser cutting machine.  In any case, what the…?!?!

El amor por las montañas nos curara. Carved Litré dictionary, inks. 43 x 14 x 27 (h) cm (15 x7 x11 inches). 2012

Visit the homepage of Guy Laramée for many more images, recent and past projects, biography, CV, etc.