Extraordinary Landscape Carved Out Of Thick Books By Guy Laramee

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Extraordinary Landscape Carved Out Of Thick Books By Guy Laramee

Laramee carved the edges of vintage books, dictionaries and encyclopedias into an extraordinary mountainous, tsunami, and wave landscapes.

An artist's hand always gives birth to a masterpiece that always makes our eyes stunned in disbelief. How can he make such beautiful things? Often it's our mind when enjoying a work of art.

Well, this time an artist from Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada named Guy Laramee who produced a beautiful landscape presented from the books that he carved in such a way.

Maybe, for lovers of books, it would be very sad to see a book trimmed and then carved to form something. However, first try the lyrics of the work of Laramee, so amazing and creative. Laramee carved the edges of vintage books, dictionaries and encyclopedias into an extraordinary mountainous, tsunami, and wave landscapes.

This extraordinary collection of carving works with his series entitled The Great Wall and Biblios . In this series, Guy carves beautiful landscapes into volumes of beautiful and interesting work, some works using more than ten books. Enjoy and see below!

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ARTIST STATEMENT

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?

When I was younger, I was very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness. Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.

My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation. The title of one of my pieces is “ All Ideas Look Alike”. Contemporary art seems to have forgotten that there is an exterior to the intellect. I want to examine thinking, not only “what,” we think, but “that,” we think.

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

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.”

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