Images and Text

Creativity, just like social media is always changing. Some say that literature is a reflection of the times. Certainly with encyclopaedias, the content is directly proportional to our knowledge of the world.


Brian Dettmer makes use of old textbooks and outdated encyclopaedias and turns them into art or a form of ekphrastic work. For instance, Dettmer investigates the relationship between wealth and how we learned history by piecing together pictures of globes from encyclopaedias published in 1919.


By repurposing old materials we often find that Dettmer’s art comments that while an idea or an amount of knowledge can be antiquated, it still has something to say; the work suggests a reason Y the relationship between image and text is so interconnected.


What do you think of Brian Dettmer’s work? Let us know in the comments!

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