Guy Laramee: book sculptures create beautiful mountains from knowledge

Guy Laramee creates fantastically beautiful sculptures from books.

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From his artist statement:

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.

That title “All Ideas Look Alike” really grabbed my attention. It joins another quote which has been floating into my head a lot recently from Haruki Murakami’s book Norwegian Wood:

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Which in turn nudges up against the Saatchi exhibition title, “The Shape Of Things To Come” and Noam Chomsky’s semantic nonsense, “Colourless green ideas sleep furiously”.

It’s time to hunt for a verbal scrapbook.