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19 May 2011

Brian Dettmer's "Altered Books" at KINZ + TILLOU FINE ART

May 19 - June 11

Preview Reception:
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

526 West 26 Street, Suite 416, NYC

Gallery Hours: Wed.- Sat. 12 - 6, and by appointment


[Press Release}: Brian Dettmer carefully selects and sifts through stacks of old books to uncover the perfect source and subject for his cultural archaeological explorations and sculptural possibilities. He first determines the presentation, engineering and construction of his altered book or books. Then, with the precision of a surgeon, using scalpels and hundreds of x-acto blades, he recontextualizes the pre-existing information and images by selectively removing and manipulating elements to map new visual journeys and allow new interpretations and ideas to emerge.

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has had solo shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta and Barcelona, and has exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin and London.

Dettmer's work has gained International acclaim through internet bloggers and traditional media. His bibliography includes The New York Times, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper's, Time Out, The San Francisco Chronicle, and National Public Radio among others.

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