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THE ANTI-KINDLE: THE TREE OF CODES

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

No this is not photography. This is visual art. No neither it is. This is art that meets literature that meets design. Or maybe better, this is something that happened to me the other day. I bought another book.

Yes dear, the answer is No! Kindle, you’ll never get me.

I love book, I love paper, I love the smell new  books have when you open them the very first time, the cracking sound of the first page that breaks the glue of the paperback. I love the fact that something has been printed, that somebody has been working on it. I love the idea I’ve bought a new “window” from where I can see a new story, new images, new adventures. I adore when I’m in bed, reading, I feel the book heavy for my arms. It’s just one of those beautiful sensation I’ll never have enough.  I love small bookshops, those where you talk and ask for some book advice. Real booksellers always read a lot and usually get the idea of your temporary mood. The book I’m going to write about it’ s Jonathan Safran Foer’s Code of Trees. Foer, unlike his previous novels (which are all fantastic)  have come up with this process of erasing words from “Street of Crocodiles”, the book by Bruno Schulz in order to carve out a new story. Tree of Codes is a small response to a great book. It is a story in its own, but it is not exactly a work of fiction, or even a book. Tree of Codes is an artwork, in the form of a book. Published by Visual Editions as a sculptural object, it is  to be read with concentration. Continue Reading →

WHAT A WIT: SARAH ILLENBERGER

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is Sarah Illenberger? An illustrator? A graphic designer? A photographer? Words may be reductive to define this eclectic artist whose work ranges in different fields of visual and applied arts. Her amazing genius resides in her inner capability to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. German and talented, Sarah Illenberger, creates crafted object combining an array of different materials. Her works is a piercing sneak through design and everyday life, a vivid journey into humorous images, big or small, abstract or real. Defining her work in just one category is rather impossible. Illenberger touches all forms of visual, design, abstract, reality. Continue Reading →