Jacopo Abbate, Matheus Cartocci, Maria Sole Teberino, Alexandra Yan
-In all the tales of men and beast,
There lies a land of rest and peace. –
By now the early sun had risen and as they made their way west they saw all the other birds stretch their wings and greet the day with songs and whistles.
“Look ahead dear Flory between highway and stone, look under the bridge and you will see my home!”
The Bat blurted out startling Flory who was still tired from the adventures of the last night. Then when her eyes adjusted to the cold morning air she saw it. There between an old rotting bridge and the gravel stone ground beneath was something her young eyes had never seen before. Her heart started jumping with excitement, oh if only Malo was here to se it with her, he would have loved it just as much. A world of trees and flowers, of plants and pools of water, a heaven, an oasis, a gar- den truly of Eden. There she saw where man had come from and where man had gone. There she saw both the worlds that man was capable of creating. What strange creatures humans were.
-Extract from “the Fabulous Adventure of Flory and Malo in the city of men”
Who inspires you graphically?
Flowers, trees, mountains, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, periphery, river valleys, tv, commercials, talent shows, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, antique maps, pirates, roman mosaic, Aldo Rossi, Raffaello’s angels, champions league, fountain pens, water colors, Wunderkammer, butterflies collections, African masks, Prada, red wine, rolling tobacco, thunderstorms, Cedric Price, cruise ships, Belgrade, Vladivostok, Angela Merkel, God Almighty, Pina Bausch, Chet Baker, Charlie Mingus, Take Five, junk food, Simon&Garfunkel, Hungers, Pasolini, basilico, mozzarella, tomatoes, etc.
Your drawings seem to suggest a Wes Andersons approach to illustration (Annie Atkins and the Grand Budapest hotel), to what extent do you associate to this?
For sure Wes Andersons poetics linger in all our minds. Artistic production today is only about reassembling.
What is the effect of flattening the architecture of buildings to give space to the 3 dimensionality architecture of the narrative?
What is left to say about buildings? Books and treaties have been written about brick and stones. We believe architecture breathes through the stories of the people who live it, or better, of the beings which inhabit it. Animals, plants and men.
What city inspired the city depicted in the narrative?
Probably a city that does not exist yet. A city where the balance between men and nature is brought back to a spontaneous condition. We combined the image of the historical city of Milano with a wild and uncontrolled space which takes over in the urban fabric.
What dictated your choice of flora? And how did you approach the drawing of this?
The depicted flora wants to be primitive and unconstrained. No longer a garden or a park yet a wild forest in the city. Our images start from a vectorial composition of reality, which later becomes the base for a re-interpretation through digital collage techniques.
Jacopo Abbate, Matheus Cartocci, Maria Sole Teberino, Alexandra Yan are a group of students from the Politecnico di Milano who are about to complete their Master Degree in Architecture. They are deeply interested in the research and development of alternative ways of living in urban contexts. For instance, the studied project intended to focus on the relationship between man and wild nature in the urban context. Is it possible to insert in such controlled reality the primitive unexpectedness of Nature?