Shapes, Islands, Texts

Cruz Garcia, Nathalie Frankowski A Garcia Frankowski Manifesto

Shapes, Islands and Text is the first volume of the Intelligentsia collection edited by Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski. Keeping an experimental character, the publication creates a manifesto through the juxtaposition of paintings, poetry, essays, images and objects created through and paralleled to the collaboration Garcia Frankowski.

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    Like a conceptual tryptique, Shapes, Islands and Text presents three working tools that although having the capacity to function autonomously, once placed on the same space have the potential to create new narratives. The publication focuses on three spheres of equal importance. The vademecum presents: Shapes that are explored through multiple strategies –from monochromatic paintings to collages of pure geometries; conceptual Islands that are not only independent from any all-absorbing discourse but that one next to each other constitute theoretical archipelagoes; and Texts that sometimes are pure form and other times are independent like islands in the ocean.


    The edition of Shapes, Islands and Text aims to advance the experimental nature of the Intelligentsia collection.

    INTELLIGENTSIA aims to present a coherent reading of a series of visual and literary experiments made by Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski since 2008. While the authors are architects, artists and writers, the projects presented by INTELLIGENTSIA manage to reach freedom beyond the limits of each of the disciplines, while capturing the influences of parallel practices.

    The collection INTELLIGENTSIA recognizes the intellectual and visual autonomy of a repertoire of works that, ranging from painting, to poetry, essays and visual narratives, are able to create new aesthetic and conceptual discourses. Far from presenting mere monographic documents, INTELLIGENTSIA creates an editorial infrastructure with the aim to explore the artist's book as an introspective reflection and critical manifesto without losing sight of its historical and cultural reference.

    Images: Black Triangle, 40x40x40cm, Oil Painting on canvas, 2013; Detalle de Composition of Peripheral Element and Typography (NEWSPEAK), 200cm x 100cm, Oil Painting on canvas, 2013; No Turning Back, Image from Wall Stalker, 2010; Study No.3: Metropolis.

    Pictures by Cruz Garcia, Nathalie Frankowski


    Cruz Garcia (San Juan, 1983) is a Puerto Rican architect, artist and writer graduated from the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

    Nathalie Frankowski (Dundee, 1985) is a French architect, artist and poet graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette.

    After finishing their studies, Garcia and Frankowski co-founded in Brussels WAI Architecture Think Tank as a workshop for architectural intelligentsia, while simultaneously collaborating on the art collective Garcia Frankowski. 

    Among Garcia and Frankowski’s most significant writings, editorial works and book designs are the graphic narrative in magazine format What About It?(WAI Think Tank Publishers), the first manifesto on pure form in architecture Pure Hardcore Icons (Artifice Books, 2013), the critical manifesto Narrative Architecture (2014), and multiple essays and manifestoes published on critical magazines around the world, among them Monu Magazine on Urbanism, Conditions, Volume, Pin-Up, Horizonte, Studio and Zawia.

    Of growing international interest, the work of Garcia and Frankowski has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, San Juan, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Dublin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Berlin, Weil am Rhein, Helsinki, Bratislava, Porto, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo and Osaka.


    Title: Shapes, Islands, and Text: a Garcia Frankowski Manifesto

    Authors: Cruz Garcia, Nathalie Frankowski

    Publisher: Vibok Works, INTELLIGENTSIA collection

    ISBN: 978-84-941464-7-3

    Pages: 96 Dimmensions: 15x15 cm

    Illustrations: Color

    Languages: Spanish / English

    Objective: Artist book of a limited edition numbered series of 100.


    Pledged: 825€
    Promoters: 8


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    • Acknowledgement

      A personalized email to thank your sponsorship.


    • Credits

      Mention of your full name in a list of sponsors to be printed in the book and announced on our website.


    • Postcards

      A numbered customized postcard sent from Beijing by the authors and mention of your full name in a list of sponsors to be printed in the book and announced on our website.

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    • Book

      Numbered copy of the book (series of 100 copies), Mention of your full name in a list of sponsors to be printed in the book and announced on our website.

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      Numbered copy of the book (series of 100 copies), Customized numbered postcard shipped from Beijing by the authors, mention of your full name in a list of sponsors to be printed in the book and announced on our website.

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    • Signed Book and Original Collage

      A book copy signed by the authors, a framed original collage created for the edition of Shapes, Islands, and Text sent from Beijing, mention of your full name in a list of sponsors to be printed in the book and announced on our website (if preferred) .

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    • Garcia Frankowski Library

      Five copies of the book Shapes, Islands and Text, sent each one to ten libraries selected by the sponsor. One signed copy of Shapes, Islands and Text, and one signed copy of What About It? Part 1 and What About It? Part 2. An original collage (21 x48) sent from Beijing created specifically for the edition of Shapes, Islands and Text, and the mention of your full name in the list of sponsors to be printed in the book and announced on our webpage.

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