Guy Laramée is an interdisciplinary artist who is a writer, director, musician, singer, filmmaker, sculptor, installation artist and painter, based in Montréal, Québec. His work has been witnessed in Canada, United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Latin America. Along with his artistic practice, he also pursues studies in the field of anthropology.

Laramée has done something original and rich. He has immaculately carved out miniature, idyllically pastoral, natural landscapes from old books and compendiums. They are gorgeous,  beautiful, intricate pieces. There exists two series; The Great Wall and Biblios.


(A great find by Colossal: Art & Design)

Artist Statement:

The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures arise, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might say: so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?

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.

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