Anna Belleforte

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the hunt for voids

Posted by Anna Belleforte on April 27, 2018 at 10:35 AM

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 buildings inserted into the urban weave, 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 traditionally residential. The vacant lots there have their brick walls stuccoed over, so as not to make it an eye-sore I guess. The plainness and propriety of it all makes it a bit boring. I’m drawn to the middle zone with its sporadic vacant lots of land: the rough brick walls, the big planes of colours and textures showing where past volumes attached themselves, the jagged skylines of angled roofs and chimneys, and the serious height and scale of it all – from the insects running amok on the gravel of the empty lots to the vast openness of the space despite the density in this part of town. And the cameos of green too.

#mixedmedia #paintingprocess #vacantlot #urbangreen #artandarchitecture #Budapest

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