Monday, February 28, 2011

Paintings from Curitiba, Parana; Curitiba


Three from Curitiba, with wristwatch for scale

 University of Parana, oil on card, 12 x 9.5 cm

 A tower, Curitiba, oil on card, 9.5 x 11 cm

A residential area near the civic centre, Curitiba, oil on card, 10.9 x 9.5 cm

I spent the weekend in Curitiba, that strange capital of Parana, which seems to suggest a North American city I always think when I am there, this is what parts of Chicago or St Paul must be like, because of the city's grid plan, its Central and East European ethnic base and barbecue restaurants and pick up trucks to be seen parked here and there.

The city is mostly well maintained with less of the dilapidation, squalid unplanned housing and grafitti that blights other Brazillian capitals. However, in contrast to the extremely elegant modernism .that dominates the Civic area (including The Neimeyer Art mueum is excellent, with well curated shows, and pleasant Sunday atmosphere) parts of the town do have a definate seediness: especially towards the bus station. Also, there are also lot of people sleeping rough in the parks and squares.
Of the pictures above, the block seems to represent a sort of breakthrough for me, breaching into a speedy strip cartoon style that such buildings merit, I think.


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