“AND THE SKY BROKE DOWN IN TEARS”: ABSTRACT IMAGES ABOUT CRACKS AND SCRATCHES ON A DISFIGURED TRAFFIC SIGN

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions, 2014

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You certainly know that these pictures aren’t paintings (oils, acrylics, watercolors or digital works), but just natural, random and not manipulated images of the amazing imperfection of the real world we see around us.They come from a disfigured traffic sign I saw some weeks  ago in the beautiful Menaggio on Lake Como. R.A.

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of decomposed posters, cracks, scratches and urban/street signs. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery showing some works from the collection of about 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

191 - Copia (2)A Roberto Alborghetti Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013. His recent projects:  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts, 1563-1631), “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids, 2013 and 2014 ), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). Roberto Alborghetti works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12 to September 7, 2014.

 

“AN EXHIBITION, A RESTORATION” IN THE MEDIEVAL NORCIA (UMBRIA, ITALY): 416 ARTISTS ON SHOW (INCLUDING ME AND MY “SHOOTING STAR”…)

 

 

Guest Writer: Stefano Alberti

 

On July 12, 2014, the 40th edition of “An exhibition, A restoration” was inaugurated in Norcia (Perugia, Umbria, Italy) with the aim to restore and to preserve the artistic heritage of the famous Umbrian town.

This year, the initiative has the participation of 416 Italian artists who by their works they intended to support the work of protection of the altarpiece of the “Coronation of the Virgin” by Jacopo Siculo (1541), which requires a sound-absorbing curtain. The exhibition is displaced in the enchanting monumental and medieval complex of San Francesco until 7 September 2014. The event is promoted by the “An exhibition, A restoration” Committee, with its president prof. Giuseppe Urso, and by the City Council of Norcia.

Among the works participating in this worthy initiative, there is also a unique piece of Roberto Alborghetti created as part of his project “Lacer/actions”. It is a collage made of about 300 small pieces of scrap paper from torn and decomposed advertising posters which are one of the subjects of his visual research, together with natural and random cracks, scratches and urban “signs”. The work presented in Norcia is titled “Shooting Star” and measures 53 × 35. Also it is shown in the official Catalogue published for an event which is going to attract keen interest, many art lovers and tourists in the homeland of St. Benedict, patron of Europe.

The forty years of “An exhibition restoration” began thanks to the initiative of the Committee President, prof. Giuseppe Urso , along with a dozen families (later came to 30) and the support of more than 100 contemporary and successful artists (from Italy and abroad); among them: Manfredi, Castellani, Maccari, Caruso, Greek, Dorazio, Guttridge. Every year they donated artworks for the creation of a show whose proceeds were donated to the restoration of an art masterpiece.

“Along the years – prof. Giuseppe Urso says – a friendship has been created between us and the artists. Thanks to them we have been restored so far about 30 works. The last one was the sixteenth-Century wooden sculpture of St. Claude and St. Roch from Serravalle di Norcia. Now the focus is on the beautiful “Coronation of the Virgin” painted by Jacopo Siculo in 1541”.

 

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THE HIDDEN WORLD OF WWI: DALLAS ARTIST AND EXPLORER UNCOVERS POWERFUL INSCRIPTIONS LEFT BY SOLDIERS NEVER BEFORE SEEN

 

 

To mark the August anniversary of the beginning of WWI, the world is invited to view – for the first time ever – an exclusive collection of WWI artwork nearly 100 years old buried beneath French fields and farmland.
When photographer Jeffrey Gusky, M.D., FACEP, was given exclusive access to record all but forgotten underground cities of World War I lying beneath private farms in France, he had no idea what to expect or the impact it would have on others. Now captured in thousands of striking images, Gusky has titled the collection The Hidden World of WWI. The beautiful art and emotionally charged inscriptions, carved in stone by WWI soldiers, have been virtually untouched for almost 100 years. They are a direct human connection between then and now.

Gusky, a Dallas emergency physician, fine-art photographer and explorer, is believed to be the first person ever to bring to light the large number of underground cities beneath the trenches of WWI. The Hidden World of WWI reveals the artifacts, sculptures and evocative graffiti left behind by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Landowners determined to preserve the past have zealously protected these underground treasures for decades.

“Seeing these subterranean cities for the first time was one of the most moving experiences of my life,” Gusky says. “Finding hundreds and hundreds of messages to the future, written by soldiers in their own hand, made time seem to stand still. I feel a tremendous responsibility to the people who trusted me enough to share their secrets about these places. It was also amazing to realize that while some people knew about some of these spaces, no one knew about all of them.”

While visiting France to photograph another project, Gusky had a chance meeting with a French official – which resulted in his first meetings with local WWI enthusiasts and several land owners along the Western Front. Gusky’s passion for the story and his commitment to protecting these hidden treasures earned their trust and eventually led to encounters with many more people who helped him find and photograph dozens of underground cities.

“To witness the inner thoughts and feelings of the soldiers, carved in stone, was more than inspiring; it was almost spiritual,” Gusky explains. “My goal was to capture this outpouring of human emotion and help make World War I real and relevant to people today.” One of the first soldier’s carvings the Dallas photographer saw was a perfectly executed, museum-quality relief sculpture of a classic woman’s face chiseled into the wall of an obscure underground quarry. At that moment he knew he had stumbled onto an important story that could touch people around the world during the 100-year anniversary of WWI.
He spent a total of six months exploring miles and miles of these underground spaces. The often treacherous work was performed in complete darkness and sometimes required him to crawl on hands and knees through tight spaces, over jagged rocks, and to lean down over ledges, balancing his camera in one hand. Additional perils in the form of unexploded hand grenades and live artillery shells were common.

Gusky found thousands of works of art, graffiti and inscriptions by German, French, British, American, Canadian, Polish, Hungarian, Australian, New Zealand, Chinese, African and even New Zealand Maori soldiers, among others. In at least one instance, it was clear that three different armies had occupied the same underground city over the course of the war. While they left their mark in different languages, their graffiti and artwork was less about war and politics and more about home and loved ones.

Gusky is strongly committed to preserve and protect these treasures in France. “I’m a man on a mission. I hope these images will change the way we think about WWI and that they will be protected for future generations. The Hidden World of WWI gives us a glimpse into the humanity of individual soldiers who refused to be silenced in the face of modern warfare. Men from both sides declared themselves as human beings who could think, feel, express and create, and who remind us today that they were here, that they once existed as living, breathing human beings.”

About the Artist Jeffrey Gusky

Jeffrey Gusky, M.D., FACEP, lives two lives – one as a rural emergency physician and the other as a fine-art photographer and explorer.  Gusky’s first year of medical school at the University of Washington was spent in Alaska as part of the WAMI Program, created to inspire students to become country doctors. Gusky graduated high in his class and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society. He combined his love of flying and rural medicine and used his plane to reach remote hospital emergency rooms on short notice throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Since 1991, he has taught trauma skills to other physicians as an instructor in the Advanced Trauma Life Support program and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Two books of black-and-white photography, multiple national exhibitions including the pairing of his work with the Spanish master Francisco de Goya and the legendary early 20th Century photographer Roman Vishniac, inclusion in a Broadway play and the honor of a Gusky traveling exhibition being ranked by Artnet Magazine on its 2009 list of the top 20 museum shows in America mark Gusky’s fine-art career. He explores the world – photographing pieces of the past that can help us discover who we are and which inspire us to ask questions about the vulnerabilities of modern life that we have forgotten how to ask.
Watch the Video Press Release: https://vimeo.com/100174215 where ER physician and artist Jeff Gusky talks about the discovery and what he found in these underground cities.

Gusky’s discoveries and photographs are featured in the August 2014 issue of National GeographicThe Hidden World of the Great War.

Images from The Hidden World of WWI can be found at www.JeffGusky.com. Follow The Hidden World of WWI on Twitter https://twitter.com/hiddenwwi or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HiddenWWI.

Video press release available at: https://vimeo.com/100174215

“ART IS AN AMAZING WAY TO MOURN…”: A QUOTE FROM SRINI PILLAY (AUTHOR, HARVARD CLINICIAN AND BRAIN-IMAGING RESEARCHER)

 

GRAPHIC LAY-OUT BASED ON "NINE ELEVEN NEW YORK 2001" ARTWORK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, CANVAS+MIXED MEDIA, 47X70, 2011

GRAPHIC LAY-OUT BASED ON “NINE ELEVEN NEW YORK 2001″ ARTWORK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, CANVAS+MIXED MEDIA, 47X70, 2011

 

“When we think of art representing tragedy, it raises all kinds of questions.  Can we really make art of an experience where people have lost loved ones?  Can we truly justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy?  The beauty of abstract art – and of Alborghetti’s art in particular, is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.  We do so anyway – even when human forms, gardens and ponds protect us with their explicit forms in Impressionist and Renaissance paintings.  Art, as I substantiated above, is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. From a psychological perspective, art is an amazing way to mourn.  When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life”.

 SRINI PILLAY

“THE HUFFINGTON POST”

September 9, 2011

 

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SRINI PILLAY

CEO: NeuroBusiness Group (NBG); Assistant Clinical Professor: Harvard Medical School; Author: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010); Author: Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011); Author: The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011).

 

HUFFINGTON POST Remembering a Tragedy Through Art , a form of Healing

 

www.srinipillay.com

 

http://www.neurobusinessgroup.com/

 

DEFINING YOUR IDEAL WORK ENVIRONMENT / “THE CHEETAH KNOW HOW” SERIES

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions, 2014

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions, 2014

 

Guest Writers:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®

Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning,

and Megan Alpine CCPM®, Co-Author

 

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PLAYING WITH COLORS / MY WORKS RE-VIEWED BY CHILDREN (3-5 YEARS OLD) DURING A FUNNY WORKSHOP

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This videoclip shows some images about the creative experience which involved children  (3-5 years old) of nursery school “Cavagnis” based in Zogno, Italy. They participated to an incredible and funny workshop dedicated to a free interpretation of four artworks by Roberto Alborghetti, the realistic, natural and random  images related to the decomposition of torn publicity posters, cracks, scratches and urban signs.

 

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of decomposed posters, cracks, scratches and urban/street signs. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery showing some works from the collection of about 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013. His artworks and installations are currently displayed at Contemporary Art Collection in Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche (Italy), at Fai Private Collection in Bergamo (Italy) and at “An exhibition for an art restoration” in Norcia, Umbria, Italy.

His recent projects: “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts 1563-1631) and “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids ).

MY “SHOOTING STAR” WORK SUPPORTING “AN EXHIBITION FOR A RESTORATION” PROJECT IN NORCIA (PERUGIA-UMBRIA, ITALY)

" A FALLING STAR" BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, COLLAGE, CM 53X35

“SHOOTING STAR”

by Roberto Alborghetti

COLLAGE OF WASTE-PAPER PIECES FROM TORN

AND DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS

2012, CM.53X35

This work is a collage created with 300 waste-paper pieces from torn and decomposed publicity posters.

It was selected and donated to the 40th edition of “An exhibition for a restoration” project which intends to protect and to preserve a great piece of art by Jacopo Siculo (XVI Century), “Incoronazione della Vergine”, in the beautiful Norcia (Perugia, Italy).  

My “Shooting Star” work will be on show in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12, 2014 to September 7, 2014,  at Complesso monumentale San Francesco. The event is promoted by Comitato “Una mostra, Un restauro”.

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs. Roberto has already collected, around the world, more than 50.000 images.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), re-build on collages, or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn publicity posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition.

See the “Collages Gallery”:

   http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-the-collages-gallery/

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Norcia BANNER UNA MOSTRA UN RESTAURO