Guy Laramée is an interdisciplinary artist based in montréal, amongst Laramée‘s many paintings and installations are incredible, intricate sculptures of landscapes and mountain range carved solely out of old books, forming dramatic and detailed representations of natural landscapes.
Guy’s 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”. So he carves landscapes out of books and paints 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.”
Guy believes cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones, hence the erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – which is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of Guy Laramée‘s work.
Images: © Guy Laramée, Courtesy of JHB Gallery, New York.