For Montreal artist Guy Laramée, progress equals obliteration. “Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones,” he explains in his artist statement. “We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask, ‘So what?’”
This outlook – that humanity’s quest for ‘ultimate knowledge’ might actually be more a process of erosion than accumulation – is explored in Laramée’s intricate works of mountain terrains carved from the foundations of our cultural landscape: old encyclopaedias and dictionaries.
By sandblasting away fragments of pages and overlaying them with snow-cloaked rises and stepped plateaus, Laramée presents his viewpoint: knowledge and nature degrade alike.