Book Sculpture: Guy Laramee
Guy Laramee creates beautiful mixed media sculptures, carved from books which act as dioramas. Layered topographic mountains, ancient textbook caves which portals of light shine through and scenic interludes of rugged terrain. Often, the name or content of the book, from Bibles to dictionaries, add additional perspectives. Mini shrines and temples can be found peeking from the tops of eroded landscapes, offering a lasting structure in a world of constant change.
In one of his most ambitious book sculptures Guy created an homage to Encyclopedia Britannica by transforming a 24-volume set into a sloping mountainous landscape. Titled Adieu, it was Inspired by the publisher’s announcement that after 244 years it would cease printing its iconic multi-volume book sets.
“The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?…
… After 30 years of practice, the only thing I still wish my art to do is this: to project us into this thick “cloud of unknowing.”
- Guy Laramee -