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acappella and collage

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 21, 2018 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I attended a wonderful a cappella concert last night in Budapest (with a cappella groups from Hungary, Sweden and Germany) and while listening I found a similarity to my working process that day – and every day, working on this Budapest series. A cappella is like a patchwork of voices, sometimes overlapping, a harmony of opposites, sometimes shooting out of the melody; there’s rhythm and repetition, peaks and valleys. As I lay the paper strips one after the other onto the canvas, ...

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the stage is set

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 18, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Buildings have narratives, infrastructures have narratives, parks have narratives… all places made by or touched by people have narratives. I see it as an artist’s task to ‘record’ these in some way. Obviously there’s some construction involved on my part: I am human with my own perspective and make a selection in the multitude of human stories; then there’s what I choose to see or narrate/depict… Having chosen these empty lots as my subject, I’...

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piece by piece, laying bricks

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Although it takes time, it’s not so hard thinking up ideas (maybe only easily said once you have one). It’s the execution that poses real difficulties. I knew that some of those difficulties would dissolve by painting bigger. But other new ones are on the horizon. It’s difficult to maintain the crispness and clarity of collaged acrylic papers on a large scale. This size simply requires much more painterly work. Or so felt. I’ve come to realise that I’m really mor...

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underpainting and other decisions

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 9, 2018 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

So many decisions for this new series. Which colour combinations? Colours that pop or are subdued? Use the same colour palette for the whole series? Use coloured papers as the underpainting, or as the meat with which to build the image? Whether to include fine drawn lines or rely on the juxtapositions of collages shapes? How to treat the sky (I think I would prefer collage-free)? Could gold-leaf be an interesting accent layer here? Often you just need to get started to figure these things out...

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big new canvases

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Buildings are capable of transforming your mood. Just think of coming into a church from the street or stepping into an intimate courtyard. It’s the kind of transition I want people to experience in my art (wow, that’s a big statement!). Well, it’s a factor in my choosing a new size: 150x100cm. Of course I’ve also had to consider getting them back from this Budapest residency to Holland. But still, it’s a size you can almost step into, or somehow feel the scale o...

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dog cities

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 5, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

While waiting on some special order canvases, I’ve made some collaged maps again, fitting in with my earlier Narrative Maps series. I keep coming back to them because they are so satisfying, and when I come across local maps – in this case, a book of aerial/orthographic photos of Budapest and a retired Hungarian guide book (Magyarorszag Utikonyvek) with old Communist street names – I can’t resist seeing things in them and cutting them up to find those things. So I made...

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the hunt for voids

Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 27, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Empty lots: I like the shapes and strong perspectives, and have collected quite a bit of source material. The city centre of Pest is in pretty good shape. It’s cleaned up with slick new insertions, attractive to tourists with no space left un-used or unprettied. Outside of the central core, the older neighbourhoods are a bit run-down, or in the process of being regenerated with new-builds filling in the holes in the urban grid. Beyond this zone again it becomes a bit more gentrified. Th...

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ornate architectural details as subject

Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 25, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I love how every city has its frivolous bits, usually built by 19th century architectural enthusiasts, who knew no limits when piling on the decorative icing. Being an ‘Empire‘ city, Budapest has its fair share, and on a grand scale. The Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill is one such bit. What’s not to love about all that excess? The arches, twisting columns, crenulations, pointy domes, creamy stone… And then the views over the Danube, Parliament and Pest. Makes ...

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fullness in a vacuum

Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 23, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m now exploring all these empty slices of land throughout the city, with massive brick walls full of character. They have both enormous history, which is invisible, and enormous potential – a future, as yet also invisible. These invisibilities can mean the present is being overlooked, but I think there is beauty and ‘relatability’ in this state, looking at the bare bones. It’s also simply an interesting perspective, feeling the smallness of self, standing on or...

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the directness of print

Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As a group here at the residency we’re doing workshops. Today’s was making zines: producing images out of collage and drawing in pamphlet format for basic photocopying. Fun to do, playing with your basics, and a cheap way to self-publish your thoughts and art. The zine culture is big in Central/Eastern Europe, complete with an annual event – Ukmukkfukk Zinefeszt next weekend – hosting all these great, creative printers/self-publishers. We also had a first introduction ...

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