Pascal Rabaté’s Street View is a fascinating art object, a creative take on storytelling that uses format to drive the reader’s attention. It’s an accordion book, a set of painted double-page spreads between two cardboard boards that can be read through one way, showing daytime scenes, and then flipped over to see the evenings. Each sheds new light on the others.
Each image is a straight-on shot of four buildings. As in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, we watch the inhabitants across the street as they go about their business. The Hitchcock reference is quite intentional, since a bald, pudgy man in a dark suit appears in the first image, and one of the “characters” is having his own film festival that includes Vertigo and North by Northwest.
Street View is Where’s Waldo? for adults, a fascinating puzzle that rewards the attention paid to it. You can take in the scene as a whole, or follow just one or two people through the sequence. I found some of the stories — a painter and his model, an unhappy couple — quite easy to comprehend, while others I’ll have to come back to and read again. (The publisher provided a review copy.) (Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)
- ISBN : 1561639087
- 语种： : 英语
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Painted street scenes let us puzzle out the details of observed lives2015年1月5日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Through Hitchcock's eyes2015年1月14日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
The eye is the beholder in this text-free illustrated drama. Unique in style, this accordion book, backed by two hard covers enclosing pleated pages which allow reading backwards and forwards leads the reader into a vivid theatrical setting. The design is invitingly beguiling as the graphically colorful pages present a street scene allowing the reader to peer into the store fronts, apartment windows, and onto the sidewalk surroundings and conjure up what these visual scenes represent. Alfred Hitchcock’s paunchy silhouette is evident in several of the frames as this pictorial play is obviously a parody of the classic thriller Rear Window. There is a refreshing quality to this illustrated presentation that invites the viewer to ruminate over the actions of the players, and to question the intentions of the participants. The stories can be viewed as morning events when read in one direction, whereas the opposite route portrays the evening proceedings. A range of emotions seem to foment as the viewer writes a script for the activities depending on the interpretation, is there love or hate, innocence or crime, fun or mischief. The scaffolding is there, the script is in the mind of the viewer.