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Georgia Russell

Georgia Russell

Wow. Check out these amazing cut-paper works. They’re the creations of Scottish artist Georgia Russell, who  uses a scalpel to transform books and ephemera like photographs, sheet music, maps, and newspapers.  See these and more (some of which are for sale) at the England & Co. website.


La Saison du Printemps 2008

liasonLes Liaisons Dangereuses 2007


Le Métronome, 2008

memoireMemoire 2001-02


The Times, 2003

nous-sommes-eternelsNous sommes eternels 2004

Susan Porteous – Altered Books

Susan Porteous – Altered Books

I’m so excited to share these images of book artist Susan Porteous’ stunning altered book works. I discovered them a few days ago through The Rag & Bone Blog (they did a great interview with Porteous about her inspiration and techniques). You can see Porteous’ work at exhibitions (there’s a list on her website); in public collections at the Tate Britain‘s Library Collection, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library. Or, if you’re not in the area, ogle to your heart’s content here.



thirtytwo-paperbacksThirtytwo Paperbacks


a-to-zA to Z

Brian Dettmer — Altered Books

Brian Dettmer — Altered Books


These intricately carved books are the work of artist Brian Dettmer.  Dettmer is no newbie to the art world, but his works are brand new to me and as soon as I stumbled upon them (through Kinz + Tillou Fine Art) I wanted to share them here.  Some bibliophiles seem to cringe at the thought of destroying books, but I’ve always loved books and I think Dettmer’s art is fascinating and beautiful.

From Dettmar’s bio on the Kinz + Tillou Fine Art website:

“Brian Dettmer sifts through stacks of antiquated books, boxes of dusty cassette tapes, and piles of obsolete maps to uncover the perfect source and subject for his conceptual explorations and sculptural dissections. Dettmer alters pre-existing materials by selectively removing and manipulating elements as a way to allow new interpretations and ideas to emerge. With the precision of a surgeon, Dettmer uses scalpels, tweezers, and other medical instruments to carve into the surface of his found objects to reveal hidden meanings.”


Core 6, 2007

The Enjoyment of Music

The Enjoyment of Music, 2008

Some of Dettmer’s current and upcoming shows:

  • “Cutters” from January 26 – June 21, 2009. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey.
  • “Cutters” from January 29 – March 14, 2009.  The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College.
  • “Inappropriate Covers” from February 10 – June 5, 2009. David Winton Bell Gallery, at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island.
  • “Novel Ideas” from March 7 – May 31, 2009.  Oakville Galleries in Oakville, Ontario.

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