Books have long been recognized for their ability to open new vistas in the minds of those who choose to embark on the adventure, but Guy Laramee uses them not for what they hold but what they can symbolize.
Long after those heavy textbooks have been consigned to a back closet, Laramee takes the texts and refashions them into beautiful landscapes of literature.
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.
After 30 years of practice, the only thing I still wish my art to do is this: To project us into this thick Cloud of Unknowing.
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