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Fullerton Library’s Inaugural Art Exhibit
Contact :Fullerton Public Library    (714) 738-6326
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317

Fullerton, Ca – The Fullerton Public Library is proud to announce an exciting art exhibit to their new Community Wing. The contemporary art exhibition, “Brian Dettmer: Elemental Selections” comes to the Fullerton Public Library from February 1 – April 28, 2013.

Maureen Gebelein, Fullerton’s Library Director announced, “We have been working with a local gallery/curator to bring an exciting art exhibit to our exhibition case.” She added, “This is the first time we have tried something this ambitious and we are delighted to have the “Brian Dettmer Elemental Selections” as our inaugural exhibit.”

Brian Dettmer is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of threatened media.  Dettmer’s work gained International acclaim through internet bloggers and traditional media.   He has exhibited throughout North America and Europe at galleries and museums including the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (GA), the International Museum of Surgical Science (IL), The Chicago Cultural Center (IL), and Museum Rijswijk (Netherlands) among many others.  His work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, The New York Times (US), The Los Angeles Times (US), The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK) Chicago Tribune (US), The Age (AU), Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper’s, Esquire and National Public Radio among others.   Early last year Dettmer had a solo show at the University of Maribor in Maribor, Slovenia as part of its celebration as the European Capital of Culture for 2012.

Dettmer’s most recent body of work Brian Dettmer: Elemental explores iconic forms and symbols from his early childhood education.  Technology can often render history and raw materials as obsolete and Dettmer expands this perspective by reformatting for the future.  Thesauruses, state flags, encyclopedia sets, and paperback books have been deconstructed by significance and function, and then restructured to communicate a uniquely modern and well preserved vocabulary of art.  The exhibition travels from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia to the Fullerton Public Library and will conclude at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The Fullerton Public Library’s presentation of Brian Dettmer: Elemental Selections features eight sculpted books and a full exhibition catalog.  The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception on Friday, February 1st, 2013 from 6:00-10:00pm. The exhibit will close April 28th, 2013 and then travel to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art from May 30, 2013 – August 18, 2013. Please visit 

Brian Dettmer: Elemental Selections is presented by Cream Gallery, an art and artifact collections management firm with an emphasis on the highest quality care, preservation, and acquisition of art assets.

For more information, please contact the Fullerton Public Library at (714) 738-6326.