Destruction leads to new interpretation
For Brian, every old antique store is an opportunity to find new material. He tells that he can spend several hours just exploring old literature. Usually he uses outdated encyclopedias and other reference literature.
– I often use books that had a previous life and do not fill the same purpose as it used to. I always make sure that there is at least a 1000 copies left of that particular book before I start carving. Since my work, technically speaking, means that I will destroy the book. In a way, it is a materialistic loss that gives the book a new meaning that hopefully makes people think about the effects of digitization, says Brian.
The book is Brian’s primary source of inspiration in his creative process.
– In a way, it’s almost predestined that my main inspiration is the book itself because of the technique I use. Otherwise, I get inspiration from media theories, philosophy, and other artists that created extraordinary work with the help of simple means, says Brian.
"Since immemorial times, the book has been an independent object and source of information"
Different value to different people
Brian hopes that his art make people think about books and its use. His art is open to free interpretation. He also wants to open up to the fact that there is always going to be a point in the process where you have no control over your piece and the interpretation lies in the eyes of the beholder.
– I like that anyone can take part in my art and make their own interpretation, from children to people having a PhD in media theory. As an artist or writer, it’s impossible to control what people think about one’s work. Not even the writers of the books that I transform had any idea or control over that I manipulated their work. But in the end, I would like the viewers to think about what books mean to them and what value they have today, says Brian.