Out There Atlanta: Brian Dettmer

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Brian Dettmer working in his former studio in Atlanta. Courtesy the artist.

Out There Atlanta has switched its focus to Atlanta and other Southern transplants living in the New York area. In these interviews, we reestablish connections with these artists and talk about their backgrounds, artistic journeys, what brought them to the South, and what took them away.

Brian Dettmer is an artist working primarily in sculpture with an emphasis on books. He’s originally from the Chicago area and moved to Atlanta in 2006. A few months ago, he relocated to New York. Dettmer has shown internationally and has appeared in such publications as the New York Times and Modern Painters. In this podcast, he discusses how an early job at a sign shop influenced his current work, making the switch in college from design to sculpture, and stumbling upon books as a medium.

Topics include: the idea of a universal language, the guilt of ripping up books, and suggesting erasure without actually erasing.

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Deutsche Litteraturgeschichte, 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 9½ by 7 by 2 inches. Courtesy Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco.
Absolute Authority, 2011, hardcover book, acrylic varnish,
9¾ by 7¾ by 4 inches. Courtesy Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia.

 

Webster Two Point Oh, 2008, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 11½ by 19 by 11 inches.
Courtesy Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, New York.

 

You Can Do Nothing, 2012, hardcover book, acrylic varnish, 10¼ by 11½ by 6¾ inches.
Courtesy Saltworks, Atlanta.

 

BURNAWAY Radio sponsors Out There Atlanta, by Lilly LampeOut There Atlanta is a podcast and online platform for interviews with artists. The intention is to create an archive of informal conversations with artists in Atlanta or who have an Atlanta connection. Conducted in the spirit of a coffee meet-up, Out There Atlanta offers a more relaxed and personal dialogue, allowing artists to get a little more “out there” with the online audience.

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