Toomey Tourell Fine Art is pleased to announce a one-person exhibition o f altered books by the artist Brian Dettmer\, entitled “Brian Dettmer Textonomy”.


In this exhibit\, Dettmer continues his investigation of the book as both artifact and object- a kind of intersection of sculpture\, information tec hnology\, poetic text and historical tract. Each separate work pursues and promotes its own philosophical\, economic or political agenda while at the same time asserting its specific form\, or sculptural reconfiguration. The books take on a life of their own- as an original\, compelling means of pre senting text or graphic elements\, but also revealing in the process fresh subtexts\, and visual juxtapositions. This revealed symbology begins to mak e new connections\, often re-arranging disparate pieces of information whic h then create new meanings. New narratives stream from his arrangement of f ragments and images- a hijacking\, or intervention of the existing form res ulting in a work of art uniquely his own. In the artists own words:< /p>\n

“In this new series I continue to question the past\, present and future of the book by exploring and expanding the possibilities of the book’s form and c ontent. After a book or series of books is sealed into a solid form\,I cut into the surface\, reading with my knife one page or layer at a time. Fragm ented images\, words and ideas emerge to expose and create new relationship s within the book’s internal elements. In recent work I have shifted the fo cus to text and transcribed the visual poetry that emerges from the sculptu res onto the printed page\, highlighting a new light on the chance text whi le illustrating the clouds of ideas within a piece. For my Paper Back serie s\, horizontal rows of multiple paperback books in specific genres are comp ressed and sanded into solid linear forms. The investigation into language\ , its possibilities and limitations continues as suggestive clichés are car ved into the surface of the fictitious narratives. Hundreds of words and ph rases are excavated within each letter\, creating links and clusters of ide as. Words are torn from their original meaning and float to latch onto new possibilities”.


Born in Chicago\, Brian Dettmer now lives and works in A tlanta\, GA. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad\, and his work is in many important public and private collections\, includi ng the High Museum of Atlanta\, GA\, and Microsoft\, USA. Articles on Mr De ttmer have been numerous\, and include The New York Times\, The Guardian\, Modern Painter\, and The New Yorker. Future projects include a one-person e xhibit AT MOCA Atlanta commencing in October 2012. In conjunction with this exhibit\, there is a concurrent exhibition of Mr. Dettmer’s work at the Eu gene and Elinor Friend Center for the Arts at the Jewish Community Center o f San Francisco. Please contact the gallery for more information.

LOCATION:Toomey Tourell Fine Art\,49 Geary Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 9410 8 SUMMARY:Textonomy\, Brian Dettmer END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR