Island University Welcomes World-Renowned Artist Brian Dettmer

Published: September 22, 2017

Island University Welcomes World-Renowned Artist Brian Dettmer

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Our news has become divided, our ideas have become divided and for the first time in modern history, proven truths have become divided,” said world-renowned New York-based artist Brian Dettmer about his “Divided” exhibition, now on display at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Weil Gallery. His show has been open since Sept. 7, and he will visit campus on Thursday, Sept. 28.

While at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Dettmer will present a public lecture from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the O’Connor Building, room 115. Dettmer will discuss images of his sculptures carved from books that are concerned with United States history and politics. A closing reception will follow from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Weil Gallery and both events are free and open to the public.

“We’re extremely excited to invite an artist of Dettmer’s caliber to share his work with the community and students,” said Dr. Laura Petican, Assistant Professor of Art and Director of University Galleries at A&M-Corpus Christi. “Dettmer’s work brings a conceptual rigor and an innovative approach to materials that will be interesting for our students.”

Being one of the leading artists working with books today, Dettmer’s pieces have been shown throughout the United States and internationally at various notable institutions including Yale University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and many others.

“I am inspired by the questions and consequences that arise from the major transition we have gone through from analog to digital,” said Dettmer. “In this show, I’m focusing on works that link to the idea of authority with information, and the slipping that has happened now that media has cracked open and published voices that are no longer vetted by a weighty structure.”

Dettmer states that his process is concerned with thinking about the original meaning of the book and considering how time has changed the meaning. Once he begins carving, Dettmer doesn’t add or move anything.

“Everything you see of the final work is where it has always been,” said Dettmer. “I hope that the students who attend my lecture and show can see books and other common materials in a new light, and question how we record our personal and cultural memories.”

Dettmer’s show runs through Friday, Oct. 6. For more information, click here.