Brian Dettmer is an American contemporary artist renowned for altering preexisting media to create new, transformed works of visual art. He was born in 1974 and his work has been exhibited across the world including in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. His unique style incorporates a collage-like approach where he uses tools such as knives or screws to carve away at objects which have either fallen out of use or are considered obsolete.
Dettmer’s first solo exhibition took place in 1994 at Antenna Gallery in Chicago and since then his work has been displayed internationally with solo exhibitions taking place at galleries such as the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati; Kunstverein Hannover; Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also exhibited alongside other renowned artists at exhibitions such as The New York Times Magazine’s exhibition, “Art For Tomorrow”; Manifesta 5, Frankfurt/Main, Germany; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; and The Second Guangzhou Triennial.