In these works Guy Laramee makes landscapes from books. In his artist’s statement Laramee analyzes our feelings towards material objects,
“We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?”
In many ways, Laramee is interested in how humans are in essence primitive, and that all our ideas of progress will eventually turn to dust. As the artist states of his 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.” Ultimately, we are all human; we will all fade. For more information of Laramee’s work click here.