Literary Landscapes

  • AuthorNeil
  • Date 29 March 2012
  • CategoryArt

For most of us books are meant for reading. Sometimes they are for throwing at the cat when they scratch the sofa, but mainly people sit down and read a good book. Designer Guy Laramee clearly wasn’t told this and has an entirely different approach to litereature. Thanks to blogs, viral emails and all things internet, Laramee has been thrown into the spotlight for his incredible sculptures he carves out of books. Yes, books.

He cuts into the edges of vintage books and creates mountain ranges, landscapes, deep valleys and historical scenes. He has created two series of carved books, titled The Great Wall and Biblios and both provide incredible detail.

Laramee uses standard electric tools for wood carving as well as other techniques including a sand blaster. Each landscape can take anywhere from two days to four months to complete.

When asked to describe and explain his work he said it ‘represents the degradation of the human culture’. He also gave the following statement:

“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.”

His career has spanned three decades and he has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal.

Have a look at his website to see more of his work. It truly is amazing. I feel lazy reading my copy of Fall of Giants than taking the kitchen knife to it and sculpting the Burj Al Arab. Oh well.