Canadian artist Guy Laramée is a man of many talents; capable of directing, composing, fabricating instruments and of course, sculpting and painting. If you’re a lover of vintage books – someone who prefers the feel of paper as opposed to holding a reader – then you might want to shy away from this.
Guy Laramée has taken thick stacks of vintage books and transformed them into beautiful sculptures of snow-capped mountains and valleys. His art depicts the “erosion of culture” and how our modern society is replacing print in favour of digital systems – a recurring theme in all his works.
“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,” Laramée writes on his website. “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.”
Laramée’s previous works include his transformation of old encyclopedias and dictionaries into breathtaking sculptures of stunning green landscapes and ancient ruins. Each sculpture in his latest series, titled Desert of Unknowing, is created from sandblasted mounds of paper that form the foundations of earth. The vintage books are masterfully carved and hand-painted to realistically resemble imaginary mountainous regions covered in snow.
Photos by Alain Lefort