Guy Laramee, is an artist who has worked as a stage writer, a director, a composer, a singer, a sculptor, a painter and a writer. Laramee has created beautiful carved book landscape series entitled Bibilos and The Great Wall. Pages and pages of old books are carved and cut to depict intricate scenes of mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Laramee says of his own work:
‘So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landcapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They arode a bit more and become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everythingwe think we are.’
Laramee’s next exhibit will be at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal, in April 2012. I would be very interested to see his process for this work and meet him in person. I’ve seen amazing carvings of pencil tips before and the way Laramee states how the books relate to the forms carved in them is really beautiful. It would be neat to try someday, on a much smaller scale. Enjoy!