Brian Dettmer
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Brian Dettmer (born 1974) is an American contemporary artist. He is noted for his alteration of pre-existing media such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes. In 2000, he started to experiment with gluing and cutting into books, a series for which he is now most known. His striking book collages include “New International Dictionary” (2003), to expose the original reference books in only playing a marginal role, only to be fulfilled as symbols rather than actual conveyers of content. In recent years, he has increased his level of artistic intervention to folding, bending, rolling, or stacking one or more books before sealing and cutting them or, in some instances, sanding them to create a variety of forms. Other notable examples of media transformed by Dettmer include music cassette tapes melted and formed into a life-sized human skeleton (Tyson, 2007) as well as various animal skulls cut and layered from highway maps of the United States and the Middle East.

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