Brian Dettmer carefully selects and sifts through stacks of old books to uncover the perfect source and subject for his cultural archaeological explorations and sculptural possibilities. He first determines the presentation, engineering and construction of his altered book or books. Then, with the precision of a surgeon, using scalpels and hundreds of x-acto blades, he alters the pre-existing information and images by selectively removing and manipulating elements to propose new ideas and map new visual journeys.
Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.