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book autopsies    Brian Dettmer (1974) was raised in Naperville, Illinois. Dettmer's early art work incorporated codes and language, such as paintings based on braille, morse Code, and sign language. In 2000, he began to experiment by gluing and cutting into books. Dettmer's current work involves the alteration of preexisting media to create new works of fine art. Dettmer seals, then cuts into older dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, science and engineering books, art books, medical guides, history books, atlases, comic books, wallpaper sample books, and others, exposing select images and text to create intricate three-dimensional derivative works that reveal new or alternative interpretations of the books. Dettmer never inserts or moves any of the books' contents and all his pieces are original and unique.