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 Usually he uses outdated encyclopedias and other reference literature.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.