During the summer of 2018, Emiliano Ponzi spent twenty one days exploring California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada: American West is his travel journal of life drawings accompanied by a few lines of writing. The result is an incredible account of the western States and the legendary scenery that still takes our breath away in pop culture and literature: from Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur to John Steinbeck’s Monterey and David Hockney’s Los Angeles.
Atmospheres and “snapshots” are immortalized with all the immediacy of sketches in a notebook, only digital. After seeing a few, The New Yorker asked to publish them on its Art Department’s Instagram feed (@newyorkerart).
These illustrations now come in a box set in the same square format, which also includes a booklet with texts by Mario Calabresi and Nicholas Blechman and 30 pages to use, mix and match and read together or individually, spread across a table or hanging from a wall.