Fanning the Pages

By: Matthew Battles
August 16, 2010

Ever vigilant for compelling ways to present books in video, we were grateful to find (via the excellent illustration blog Animalarium) this lovely, deft presentation of artist Leonardo/Ericailcane’s book Potente di Fuoco:

potente di fuoco from Modo infoshop on Vimeo.

In 2009, Ericailcane interpreted afresh a batch of drawings he had made as a child in 1985. In early and late incarnations, his monsters, dinosaurs, robots, and their antic offspring reveal a febrile imagination that has ripened into maturity without losing its spirited innocence. You can buy the book here. The video artfully reveals the book’s plan and project, and delights in the tactile possibilities of pages made of paper.

At HiLobrow we’re also fans of Ericailcane’s frequent collaborator, the street artist and animator Blu. Like Blu, Ericalcane creates works on large public surfaces, although his style owes more to 19th-century book illustration than contemporary cartoons. See the artist’s web site for examples of Ericailcane’s drawings, murals, and Svankmajeresque animations.


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