federico babina authors 27 graphics that envision literature as architecture
 
federico babina authors 27 graphics that envision literature as architecture
jun 01, 2016

federico babina authors 27 graphics that envision literature as architecture

federico babina authors 27 graphics that envision literature as architecture
all images courtesy of federico babina

 

 

 

‘prose is architecture, not interior decoration,’ ernest hemingway once said. echoing this sentiment, italian illustrator federico babina has realized a series of 27 drawings that imagine literary texts as architectural, three-dimensional volumes. in continuation of babina’s ongoing illustrated journey that interweaves varied forms of expression, ‘ARCHIWRITER’ sees graphic constructions built around novelists, poets and playwrights’ most famous works. ‘you can perceive a text page as a three‐dimensional structure, where the solids and voids are held up on a delicate spatial balance,’ babina says. ‘it is possible to embark on a journey wrapped with imagination to be able to read between the sequence of words and discover a third dimensional level.’

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oscar wilde — the tears of hedonism

 

 

 

for each author, babina imagines an architectural language for his/her narrative style. these themes include ‘the improvisation journey’ for jack kerouac, ‘the medieval metaphor’ for william shakespeare, and ‘the absence of lyrical’ for ernest hemingway. the colors, graphic symbols, aesthetics and opacities that are at play in each composition depict these descriptions as imaginary architectural universes. ‘the style of a text and the personality of a writer, the issues that he’s facing and the story that relates can become a small illustrated architecture read with fantasy,’ babina explains. 

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william shakespeare — the medieval metaphor

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albert camus — the sense of isolation

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jack kerouac — the improvisation journey

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george orwell — the effective minimalism

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león tolstói — the ascetic morality

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truman capote — the fashionable nightmare

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haruki murakami — the noisy loneliness

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dante alighieri — the lyric travel

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marcel proust — the structure of memory

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fiódor dostoyevski — the philosophical polyphony

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gabriel garcia marquez — the timeless isolation

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franz kafka — the labyrinth of metaphors

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isaac asimov — the hidden universe

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‘ARCHIWRITER’ city

 

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