Laramée’s carved books are his metaphor for the degradation of human culture. The artist’s treatment of non-fiction information stems from his idea that knowledge is gained by erosion instead of accumulation. “I carve landscapes out of books. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply is.”
Although Laramée has been involved in the arts for over 30 years with music, performance and video, his sculptures have lately come to be the most important endeavor of his artistic career. Since 2004, Laramée has had 15 solo exhibitions in both the United States and Canada. In 2009 the artist participated in “Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming Books,” held at the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, WA and most recently has begun to exhibit at Foster/White Gallery.
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