LITERATURE HAS ALWAYS INFLUENCED ART AND VICE VERSA - "SEEING CALVINO" IS THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE OF THIS DEEP LINK
Artists Math Kish, Joe Kuth and Leighton Connor are the fathers of this artistic collaboration, which consists of illustrated representation of “The Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino.
The character of Marco Polo narrates to Kublai Khan his own adventures through these extraordinary city.
The project, launched last April and entirely made on Tumblr, sees illustrations created using different techniques accompanied by quotes from the book that describes the characteristics and uniqueness of each city. The intent of the three artists is to depict every week one of the 55 cities, while remaining faithful to how these have been imagined by the author.
Kish, Kuth and Connor with “Seeing Calvino” (seeingcalvino.tumblr.com) have managed to recreate and provide a place, not only just conceivable where it’s possible to explore with our minds.
“… Sometimes just a glimpse that opens in the middle of an incongruous landscape it’s enough, a surfacing of lights in the fog, the dialogue of two passersby who meet in the bustle, to think that from there I will put together piece by piece the perfect city, made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals, and signals that someone sends and doesn’t know who will picks them up.” (Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, 1972).
Text by Irene Pazzanese