italo calvino

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Empire.

Perhaps while we speak, it is rising, scattered, within the confines of your empire; you can hunt for it, but only in the way I have said.

Could I reduce the Calvino quote down to one essential word? Not really. Regardless, I used one of them to create a postcard for Matthew Anderson‘s successfully-funded NYC_type project, launching soon. Empire is set in Stetson. The photograph is a view from my studio in Long Island City.

If you supported Matthew’s Kickstarter campaign you’ll see Empire in person, along with this beauty from Able Parris and other good stuff.

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The confines of your empire

“… At times all I need is a brief glimpse, an opening in the midst of an incongruous landscape, a glint of lights in the fog, the dialogue of two passersby meeting in the crowd, and I think that, setting out from there, I will put together, piece by piece, the perfect city, made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals, of signals one sends out, not knowing who receives them. If I tell you that the city towards which my journey tends is discontinuous in space and time, now scattered, now more condensed, you must not believe the search for it can stop. Perhaps while we speak, it is rising, scattered, within the confines of your empire; you can hunt for it, but only in the way I have said.”

Italo Calvino