rafael landea


The Copacabana Project (2007). In this series of paintings I depicted the people that had embarked in a common cause, working with the happiness and passion of those at play, like building a new world after a revolution. I placed all those books and shelves as if they were all the possible memories and stories on top of Roberto Burle Marxís design for the Copacabana sidewalk in Rio de Janeiro.  I see that pattern as the perfect fit for these paintings.  So many times we have heard about Brazil and the crazy carnival or other celebrations.  Having lived there for a while I also witnessed the other side; and how much work, knowledge and history are behind these collective celebrations. I just decided to juxtapose these concepts by placing imaginary libraries on top of this Brazilian trademark design.

The colored spines of the books in this series owe inspiration to the installation by Chris Cobb: "There is Nothing Wrong in this Whole Wide World", at Adobe Bookstore, San Francisco, CA. November 2004.