Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Altered Books Guy Laramée

The Jaffe Center has a number of altered books. I enjoy them because it turns the book form into something sculptural. It makes the viewer realize that the book form is something to be admired, but also something that can be molded & shaped. The artists often play with the pages or text in creative, unusual ways. I found one artist, Guy Laramée, who has quite an impressive series of altered books that are inspired by mountain ranges & oceans. I have no idea how one can turn pages into looking like waves of water or textured cliffs, but Laramée has crafted an important allegory: the book is just as old as some ancient monuments & mountains.