Guy Laramee and Altered Books.
For those that enjoy nature but can not go out and climb great mountains there are photographs and books. Through books we gain a certain knowledge about the mountains, however by climbing mountains and spending time in nature we gain a certain knowledge about ourselves.
Canadian born Guy Laramee is a multidisciplinary artist that has worked in theater, music, video, sculpture, painting and literature. He has also pursued interests in anthropology. His field work includes ethno-musicography of the Fetish ritual in Togo and oracular imagination among healers in the Peruvian Amazon. Two of his recent projects Biblios and The Great Wall are books about mountains and culture.
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 emerge, 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 ask 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?”
” 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.”
The GALERIE D’ART D’OUTREMONT in Montreal, Canada will be exhibiting the works of Guy Laramee 5 au 29 Avril 2012. If you are in the area or neighborhood and like mountain ART books stop in and pay your respects. Peace.