“SUNSET BURNISHED HILLS… FALLEN SOLDIERS WEEP”: HAIGA # 3 BY ~MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Sweet child,

pale

with

flu

limply resting against cool plaster.

Grandma’s Purple Quilt.

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Sunset burnished hills.

Lavender Dusk settles in.

fallen soldiers weep.

*_* sigh.

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Yin/yang poster world

grabbing blurs of yesterday.

Flowing thought bleeds ink.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

This is the third composition created by fellow blogger, Meredith (healingminds@WordPress.com) for a four composition series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga”. Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (USA) – shared a preview of my most recent images taken from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in the Netherlands and Italy. And, she began to create verses…

The third “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses doesn’t come from torn posters. It is a sort of special preview about a new direction, or section or a new kind of images concerning my research of urban signs… I will talk about it very soon. I saw this “visual situation” in Milan. As all my pieces, it’s natural, realistic and not manipulated or enhanced image.

Meredith wrote this note about her verses and my art: 

I have very mixed feelings about them because they feel very transparent to me.  But, that is  art, and as I send this off I feel a sense of sending myself.  This picture touches me deeply, and I decided to not to use any other text than the haiku.”

I thank Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception.

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ABOUT MEREDITH

Meredith (www.healingminds.wordpress.com) writes from a rich text based in theater, art, and design training. Also rooted from the soil of personal experience, Meredith writes about mental health and its challenges; her value of developing creative pursuits as part of the equation for living a satisfying life in the face of mental illness and recovery include yoga, dance, writing, and photography. 

Meredith’s professional background began in directing and choreography.  Her education in dance and theater lent equal weight to creating movement and learning projects for school children, grades K thru 12, and mentoring independent theater projects for high school students. When mental illness changed the landscape of her life, Meredith returned to school and redirected her passions toward quieter pursuits in architectural design.  Most recently, her love for writing and well-being generate roomy, new ideas about beauty and life, and she writes about mindful living from a deeper understanding.

IS IT A TEARDROP? OR A PEARL OF SUN? OR A DEW-DROP? : AN “HAIGA” FOR EASTER

 

And then I’ll tell them

to guess if it’s a teardrop

or a pearl of sun

or a dew-drop…”

David Maria Turoldo

(From Poem: “For Easter Morning” )

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E poi gli dirò di indovinare

se sia una lacrima

o una perla di sole

o una goccia di rugiada…”

David Maria Turoldo

(Da “Per il Mattino di Pasqua”)

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© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions, LaceR/Azioni

A special Haiga to wish a very Happy Easter… The words are from a beautiful poem (“For Easter Morning” ) by a great Italian poet, David Maria Turoldo (1916-1992). Artwork comes from my “Spring Wings” Lacer/actions series: it’s not a painting; it is a realistic pictures, as the other 35.000 images I have created so far for my Lacer/actions project about torn posters and urban signs.      

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Uno specialissimo Haiga per augurare Buona Pasqua. Le parole sono tratte da una bella poesia (“Per il mattino di Pasqua”) scritta dal grande poeta Davide Maria Turoldo (1916-1992). L’artwork fa parte della serie “Ali di Primavera” per il progetto Lacer/azioni – Immagini sulla (pubbli)Città Strappata – di Roberto Alborghetti. 

“LIKE ECHOES OR MOONLIGHT”: AFTER THE VIDEO, AN HAIGA COMPOSITION

 Susan Kahn verses with Roberto Alborghetti art

 

The fields of earth and sky

Are like echoes or moonlight

Reflecting the sun

I campi di terra e cielo

Come echi o luna

Riflessi del sole

 

From videoclip to haiga composition. “Like echoes or moonlight” is another step of my collaboration with psychotherapist and poet Susan Kahn. We had previously collaborated on a music video (“Like Echoes… Like Lacer/actions”). Now, in a different kind of espression, but fusing again Susan’s words with my artwork – an image of torn posters and urban signs – we present an haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. So enjoy this visual which gathers Susan Kahn poetry and my art ( “Voices and Echoes From The Cities”, 2011, Canvas+ mixed media, 70×50). As happened in the videoclip (below the links) inspiring words from the world meet an image of ripped ads and urban signs.

 VIDEOCLIP LINKS

http://animoto.com/play/oVfBh5Ao1WMYbwgjjIPBhQ

 http://youtu.be/LXcLuw1XkWE

 http://vodpod.com/watch/16031097-like-echoes-like-laceractions?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/like-echoes-like-lacer-actions-5931611

FROM HAIKU TO HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 ABOUT SUSAN KAHN

http://emptinesscafe.wordpress.com/

http://www.emptinessteachings.com/Emptiness.html

 Susan says: “I work as a psychotherapist in private practice and as a nondual consultant. Nondual means not two, not separate. My teaching, writings and poetry reflect a way of seeing everything as interrelated, interconnected and as lacking a truly separate essence or nature. In Buddhism, this lack of “own being” is referred to as emptiness. This perspective is reflected in western Postmodern philosophy as well. It is the notion of a fundamentally separate self and all other phenomena that is seen in both traditions as the main cause of human suffering and conflict, and that I find to be an inspirational insight.

 

ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

www.artslant.com/ew/artists/show/134694-roberto-alborghetti

www.youtube.com/user/lacerazioni

 Professional reporter, author and visual artist, Roberto Alborghetti has written more than thirty books (biographies, interviews, stories). He worked in magazines and newspapers and produced Tv documentaries. Editor in chief of magazines concerning didactic, education, edutainment and media literacy, he leads workshops and conferences and has won important journalism Prizes. He created “LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project concerning a research about torn posters and urban “signs”. In 2009, he published “Lacer/actions, Pics of torn (publi)city”, gathering a selection of 40 pictures chosen among 35.000 pics that Roberto took during his research. In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited his show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions”. Roberto Alborghetti artworks are also taking part to experiences about sensorial and emotional perception (sinestesys) and kinesiologic tests. In October 2011, he participated at Parallax Art Fair in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall). “The Huffington Post” (September 2011) wrote about his artwork devoted to Nine Eleven Fallen; article by dr. Srini Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain imaging researcher, executive coach, author. Art critics and experts said that Roberto Alborghetti’s art has an “exceptional and evocative dynamic”, “a strong power of language”; it shows “new points of observation that overwhelm canonical trial systems”, “breaking the current patterns of visual art.” Alborghetti’s Artworks “are explosions of color, passion, joy, sorrow, story, emotion, beauty, love…”, “They touch us on the raw and go straight to the heart”, ” a provocation to our eyes and to our mind”.

 

MY BEST WISHES WITH THIS SPECIAL “HAIGA”

 

Dark night

Snowflakes and frost

Before the New Day

 

Notte scura

Fiocchi di neve e gelo

Prima del Giorno Nuovo

 This Season’s Greetings card fuses, in an “Haiga”, words (“Haiku”) and visual art. The image (lithograph, 50×70) is part of “Lacer/actions” collection, concerning my research about torn posters and urban signs. I thank my “haiga” teacher: poet, musician and producer Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, Usa).

 Questo cartoncino augurale fonde – in quello che la cultura nipponica definisce “Haiga” – parole (“Haiku”) ed arte visuale. L’immagine (litografia, 50×70) fa parte della mia raccolta “Lacer/azioni”, relativa alla ricerca dei particolari dei manifesti pubblicitari lacerati e dei “segni” urbani. Ringrazio il mio “maestro di haiga”, il poeta, musicista e produttore Joshua Sellers, di West Memphis (Arkansas, Usa).

ENJOY THE CLIP:

http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 

A LOVELY COMMENT FROM FRIEND BLOGGER “LE ARTISTE BOOTS”:

http://leartisteboots.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/my-best-wishes-with-this-special-haiga/comment-page-1/#comment-193

 

SPECIAL “SEASON ‘S GREETINGS”: THE FANTASTIC VOICES OF TONIC SOL-FA MEET ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS

An Holiday videoclip with an incredible “a cappella song” from the Group that The New York Times described as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice”.

And the quartet send me a comment on Facebook about the video…

An “Haiga”, one of mine “Lacer/actions” artworks (images from torn posters and urban signs) and a fantastic “a cappella” song from Tonic Sol-Fa group. These are the ingredients of my clip, Season’s Greeting (Haiga & Haiku), which fuses in a Japanese “Haiga”, words and visual art. The image – absolutely random, as all my works about torn (publi)city – is now a lithograph ( 50×70, framed) and it’s taking part of “Lacer/actions” collection, concerning my research about torn posters and signs from city walls. The clip soundtrack – “Ark The Herald Angels Sings”- is a traditional Xmas song performed by Tonic Sol-Fa. This quartet has been named one of the top five “must see” groups in America and has been awarded numerous original song and album awards in pop, gospel and holiday genres.

Tonic Sol-Fa appeared on NBC’s Today Show and in the pages of Newsweek magazine. Outings with Jay Leno, Shawn Colvin, Lonestar and Garrison Keillor have propelled album sales to more than 1,000,000 copies. (mostly sold from the back of their trailer!) and have earned the group thousands of intensely loyal fans. By 2000, the quartet was voted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame. And in 2009, Tonic Sol-fa’s second public television special was broadcast to over 1,800 stations across the United States, with an international launch to begin this year. The New York Times describes Tonic Sol-fa’s sound as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice.” The fantastic voices of Tonic Sol-Fa make so special this “Season’s Greetings” videoclip, posted at YouTube, Animoto, MySpace, BlipTv, VodPod and shared on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Click and enjoy it:

 http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

 http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

 http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

“Cool! Well done”: this is the message that TONIC SOL-FA send me through FACEBOOK as a comment to the video. Thank you guys for the kindness! Your voices are great, and your heart too!!! My Best Wishes! R.A. 

 

 

AUGURI SPECIALI CON “HAIGA”, “LACER/AZIONI” E LE FANTASTICHE VOCI DEI TONIC SOL-FA

 

Un “Haiga”, una mia “Lacer/azione” (immagine dei dettagli di un manifesto pubblicitario strappato) ed un frammento di un fenomenale brano “a cappella” dei Tonic Sol-fa. Sono questi gli ingredienti di un mio clip augurale – “Auguri di Buone Feste (Haiga & Haiku)” – che fonde – in quello che la cultura nipponica definisce “Haiga” – parole (“Haiku”) ed arte visuale. L’immagine – come sempre assolutamente casuale, trasferita su litografia, 50×70 – fa parte della mia raccolta “Lacer/azioni”, relativa alla ricerca dei particolari delle pubblicità lacerate e dei “segni” urbani.

Il soundtrack che accompagna questo clip di “LaceR/Azioni” ed “Haiga” è eseguito a cappella dai Tonic Sol-Fa, un gruppo vocale americano dal ricco repertorio pop, gospel, folk, soul, blues e per le occasioni di festa. Il quartetto figura in America tra i primi cinque gruppi in una classifica speciale delle esibizioni “assolutamente da vedere”. Hanno ricevuto diversi riconoscimenti per i loro album, che hanno superato la quota di 1 milione di copie vendute, incrementando il seguito tra migliaia di fans. Pubbliche affermazioni sono state ottenute nel Midwest Music Hall of Fame.

Sono ora al centro di un lancio internazionale, preceduto da specials televisivi. York Times ha parlato di loro come di “caleidoscopio vocale… unico per la voce umana”.

Il brano scelto per il clip fa parte della tradizione dei canti di Natale: “Ark The Herald Angels Sing”. Il clip – on line su YouTube, MySpace, BlipTv, VodPod e condiviso su Facebook, Twitter e Linkedin – è una prova di come le magnifiche voci di Tonic Sol-Fa siano riuscite ad “incontrare” in modo suggestivo le immagini di Roberto Alborghetti.

 

http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

 

http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

 

http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

NO CLOUDS: POETIC VERSES BY JOSHUA SELLERS + ONE OF MY IMAGES FROM TORN POSTERS

Joshua Sellers words fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions artworks: it’s an HAIGA

 

No clouds

the wind revealed

in tall grasses

 

Nessuna nuvola

il vento rivelato

nelle erbe alte

 

Pas des nuages

le vent révélè

dans les hautes herbes

 

Ninguna nube

el viento revelado

en las hierbas altas

 

No clouds” is another result of my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA). We had previously collaborated on a music video, for “Linger.” Now, in a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words this time with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – , we have presented a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the fourth of a series we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… I took this image from a billboard’s ripped poster. Maybe unbelievable, but it’s true. ( 4 )

 

ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 

Watch the previous Haiga:

 A Jar of Rainwater: the third Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/haiku-and-visual-art-telling-a-jar-of-rainwater/

 

 

In a Spider Web: the second Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/in-a-spider-web-words-and-images-for-a-trip-trhough-perception/

 

 

 

Moonlit Sky: the first Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/moonlit-skythe-first-haigalaceractions-by-joshua-sellers-and-roberto-alborghetti/

 

 

Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti

 

Earscapes Channel

http://youtu.be/iTtli44H66w

 

Lacer/azioni Channel

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE

 

 

HAIKU AND VISUAL ART TELLING “A JAR OF RAINWATER”

 Joshua Sellers words fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions artworks: this is an Haiga

 

A jar of rainwater

clouds drifting

two or three

 

Una brocca di pioggia

si lasciano sospingere

due o tre nuvole

 

Une broc de pluie

se laissent pousser

deux ou trois nues

 

Une jarro de lluvia

se dejan transportar

dos o tres nubes

 

This is the third step of my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA). We had previously collaborated on a music video, for “Linger.” Now, in a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words this time with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – , we are presenting a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the third of a series of four we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… I took this image from a ripped poster sticked on the wall. ( 3 – To be continued)

 

ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 

 

In a Spider Web: the second Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/in-a-spider-web-words-and-images-for-a-trip-trhough-perception/

 

 

 

Moonlit Sky: the first Haiga+Lacer/actions art:

http://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/moonlit-skythe-first-haigalaceractions-by-joshua-sellers-and-roberto-alborghetti/

 

 

Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti

 

Earscapes Channel

http://youtu.be/iTtli44H66w

 

Lacer/azioni Channel

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE