Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Brian Dettmer at the JCC

Over the weekend I found the satellite exhibit for Brian Dettmer's painstaking show of altered books. The location is advertised as the Katz Snyder Gallery, which turns out to be a hallway on the 2nd floor of the Jewish Community Center. Many of the pieces are a few years earlier than the ones currently on display at the Toomey Tourrell Gallery, so it is interesting to see how quickly Dettmer has scaled up his work in size & intricacy. I liked seeing 2 small pieces extracted from comic books. The cunningly constructed Egyptian Book of the Dead has a truly esoteric feel. Unfortunately the books are behind reflective glass, making them difficult to examine.

§ The Book Sculpture of Brian Dettmer
Katz Snyder Gallery, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
February – March, 2012

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