THE POSTER KING: LONDON CELEBRATES EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER’S VISUAL ART

 A fascinating exhibition taking place in London up to December 18, 2011, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art.

 

My “Lacer/actions” art project is based on torn posters details. During my research I collected so far more than 30.000 images of ripped publicity posters. I work on them, making canvas, lithographs, textile designs, videoclip a.s.o; I explained my activity on a booklet-portfolio, published in 2009 (Lacer/actions – Pics of torn (publi)city). Yes, I like the world of posters, billboards and urban “signs” (this blog is here to demonstrate it). So, I must to dedicate a post to the interesting and fascinating exhibition taking place in London, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art ( 39a Canonbury Square, entrance in Canonbury Road). The show – opened till December 18, 2011 – pays a tribute to Edward McKnight Kauffer, the “Poster King” (this is also the exhibition theme).

Focusing on Kauffer’s time in England , The Poster King is a celebration of the ways in which this remarkable artistic émigré enriched the visual culture. And all the design expressions of our times. In addition to the renowned graphic work it includes a fascinating nucleus of lesser-known paintings and prints as well as a selection of photographs, working drawings and original designs.

Edward Mcknight Kauffer produced some of the most iconic and influential commercial imagery of the early twentieth century. A remarkably versatile artist, his work drew inspiration from a wide variety of styles ranging from Japanese art to Fauvism, Vorticism and Constructivism, and encompassed painting, applied art, interior design and scenography. Yet it remains his celebrated posters created for clients such as London Underground and Shell during the inter-war years for which he remains most famous. Kauffer’s pioneering work in the field of graphic design ranks alongside the achievements of fellow avant-garde figures such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, all of whom – like Kauffer- had roots in the United States yet established their careers in London.

 Born in Montana in 1890, Kauffer’s precocious artistic talents were first employed painting stage scenery at his local opera house. They were also recognised by an acquaintance named Joseph E. Mcknight, a professor at the University of Utah, who in 1912 paid for Kauffer ton pursue his studies in Paris. As a mark of gratitude, Kauffer subsequently incorporated his benefactor’s surname into his own. Upon the outbreak of the First World War Kauffer fled to England where in 1915 he received a commission to design publicity posters for the Underground.

 

The originality and vibrancy of these images led Kauffer to receive commissions from a variety of companies and publishing houses over the following two decades,including Fortnum & Mason, Lund Humphries and Chrysler Motors. With a finger on the pulse of the latest artistic trends, Kauffer’s special genius lay in his ability to adapt the language of the avant-garde to the needs of advertising, creating works that were not simply visually striking but also rich in artistic merit. With commissions increasingly scarce following the declaration of war in 1939 Kauffer made the painful decision to return to America, where he continued to work for a number of years prior to his death in 1954.

Estorick Collection promoted meetings, education evenings and talks about Edward McKnight Kauffer; the next talk is planned for December 10, 2011 (“Kauffer’s England”, Dr. Jonathan Black, Kingston University).

 www.estorickcollection.com

 

 

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:

https://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:

https://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:

https://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

 

 

PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2013

I recently visited friends Lucia and Bruno at Bruno Boggia Disegni Studio in Como. And I immediately jumped in the future and in a sea of colors. Textiles designer Bruno and his daughter Lucia, together with their staff, are workin’ hard on fashion future trends ventures. Indeed, the gaze is fixed on the spring and summer 2013 (yes, 2013, it’s not a mistake). I had the way to take a look at textile products for future collections. It’s still the color to dominate.

In this post I give a “première vision” about these extraordinary designs that later we’ll see – transformed in dresses – on the next catwalks. We may to admire the extraordinary combination of colors, the geometry association and the relaunch of floral themes.

Bruno Boggia Disegni has returned from a positive season. He has received great attention at the Paris Salon Indigo (September) and renewed acclaim to ComoCrea (last October).

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RELATED ARTICLE: FASHION TRENDS 2014 / “THE RHYTHM OF THE SEASONS”:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/textile-design-fashion-trends-2014-a-special-preview-the-rhythm-of-the-seasons/

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ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SILK SCARVES CREATED WITH BRUNO BOGGIA:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/turning-trash-into-artistic-silk-scarves-watch-the-video/

I made a videoclip (Design is Life) about Bruno Boggia Disegni; I’ve posted it at YouTube and Animoto. Here the links:

http://youtu.be/CemREj3-vM0

http://animoto.com/play/GIG9p1DhLL0j1WJ9iAnyQw#

 http://brunoboggiadisegni.wordpress.com/

 

BRUNO BOGGIA DISEGNI: ANTEPRIMA SULLE TENDENZE DEL 2013

Presso lo Studio Boggia Disegni di Como si respira aria… di futuro. Bruno, Lucia e le loro collaboratrici, hanno già gli occhi puntati sulle tendenze prossime venture. Anzi, lo sguardo è fisso sulla primavera estate del 2013. Abbiamo avuto modo di dare uno sguardo ai tessuti prodotti per le prossime collezioni. E’ ancora il colore a dominare.

In questo “post” offriamo una “prima visione” di questi straordinari tessuti che prenderanno poi corpo nei capi di vestiario in preparazione per le passerelle. Ci sono da ammirare lo straordinario abbinamento delle tinte, l’accostamento delle geometrie ed il recupero (o la valorizzazione) del tema floreale.

Bruno Boggia Disegni è reduce da una stagione positiva. Ha ricevuto grande attenzione al Salone Indigo di Parigi (settembre) e rinnovati consensi a ComoCrea (lo scorso ottobre).

Guarda il clip “Design is Life” dedicato a Bruno Boggia Disegni:

http://youtu.be/CemREj3-vM0

http://animoto.com/play/GIG9p1DhLL0j1WJ9iAnyQw#

ROME PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT GAUDI’

 From November 24 to January 15, 2012, an extraordinary series of events under the sign of the great Catalan architect.

 

Rome will host from November 2011 to January 2012 an extraordinary series of events under the sign of the great Antoni Gaudí. This important cultural project will bring great events dedicated to the great Catalan architect and his iconic and universally known work: the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain). The exhibition – “Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia. Art, science and spirituality “- is housed in the St. Peter’s Basilica, Braccio di Carlomagno, Vatican City, Rome, from November 24, 2011 to January15, 2012.

The exhibition will present works of Antoni Gaudí through the relationship between art, architecture and transcendence. Commissioner and curator of the exhibition is the Catalan art historian Daniel Giralt-Miracle. In parallel to the important events connected with the exhibition will be held in Rome a series of academic and institutional activities designed to investigate the various aspects of Catalan culture and the church in the present era of Gaudí. The initiatives are made possible with support from the Fundación Endesa and the Fundació “la Caixa”, as well as support of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Pontifical Council for Culture. The exhibition, which takes place on a proposal and under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will be divided into six sections: Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia, Art, Other buildings of Gaudí, Science, Technology in the Sagrada Familia and La Sagrada Familia Spirituality Today .

This route, which will occupy an area of approximately 800 m², will frame Antoni Gaudí in his historical and artistic context. His masterpiece, la Sagrada Família, will be analyzed from the technical, artistic and religious aspects. . Among the exhibits there will be reconstructions about Gaudí era, plants, furnitures and liturgical objects – designed by the architect himself – photographic and audio-visual supports coming from the collections of the Museum of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

 info@artifexarte.it

 www.gaudiaroma.cat

 

ROMA RENDE OMAGGIO AL GRANDE GAUDI’

La città del Vaticano e la città di Roma ospiteranno nei mesi di novembre, dicembre e gennaio prossimi una straordinaria serie di eventi nel segno di Antoni Gaudí. Arte, Scienza e Spiritualità è l’importante progetto culturale che porterà in Vaticano e a Roma imperdibili appuntamenti espositivi ed accademici dedicati al grande architetto catalano e alla sua emblematica e universalmente conosciuta opera: la Sagrada Familia. La mostra – “Gaudí e la Sagrada Família. Arte, scienza e spiritualità” – è allestita nella Basilica di San Pietro, Braccio di Carlomagno, Città del Vaticano, Roma, dal 24 novembre 2011 al 15 gennaio 2012.

La rassegna illustrerà attraverso le opere di Antoni Gaudí il rapporto tra l’arte, l’architettura e la trascendenza. Commissario e curatore della mostra è lo storico d’arte catalano Daniel Giralt-Miracle. In parallelo all’importante manifestazione di carattere espositivo si svolgeranno a Roma una serie di attività istituzionali ed accademiche volte ad approfondire i molteplici aspetti della cultura e della chiesa catalana, nell’epoca di Gaudí e nell’attualità. Le iniziative sono rese possibili grazie al patrocinio della Fundación Endesa e della Fundació “la Caixa”, oltre al supporto della Generalitat de Catalunya e del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura.

La mostra, che si realizza su proposta e sotto gli auspici del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura, si articolerà in sei sezioni: Gaudí e la Sagrada Família, Arte; Altri edifici di Gaudí, Scienza; Tecnologia nella Sagrada Família, Spiritualità e La Sagrada Família oggi. Attraverso questo percorso, che occuperà una superficie di circa 800 m², si inquadrerà nel proprio contesto storico ed artistico la figura di Antoni Gaudí e delle sue opere, in particolare della Sagrada Família, di cui si analizzeranno gli aspetti tecnico-artistici e il messaggio religioso in essa contenuto. Tra gli oggetti in mostra vi saranno plastici dell’epoca di Gaudí, piantine, mobilia ed oggetti liturgici disegnati dallo stesso architetto e provenienti dalle collezioni del Museo della Sagrada Família, con relativo materiale fotografico e audiovisivo di supporto.

 

 

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:

https://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:

https://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

 

 

LONDON, THE RIVER, THE WHEEL AND THE SURPRISING SOUNDTRACK OF A STREET MUSICIAN…

Last October I was in London to participate at Parallax AF Show, at La Galleria (Pall Mall). One night I decided to take a walk along the Golden Jubilee Bridge… The city by night was there, showing all its lights and shadows. I took mobile in my hands and I began to record the beautiful scene…

I didn’t realize that an anonymous street musician – not so distant from me – was playing his guitar (I wonder who he was…) So, a sweet melody was stiked together with my images, as a spontaneous soundtrack.

I posted the clip at my Lacer/azioni Channel, on YouTube. Enjoy it, here’s the link:

 http://youtu.be/W2mtdJuj7qs

COLORS OF FALL, COLORS OF LIFE

  

I’m always wondered and amazed how my “lacer/actions” artworks – images of torn (publi)city – are tuned on seasons. Fall is here and the nature around us dress itself with fantastic colors… So it happens to my artworks too. I was in Como and I had the way to catch some incredible images from ripped posters on the walls… They show colors of Fall. But for me they are colors of Life.

 

IN A SPIDER WEB: WORDS AND IMAGES FOR A TRIP THROUGH PERCEPTION

Joshua Sellers Haiga fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions

In a spider web

cherry blossom petals

twilight breeze

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In una tela del ragno

petali di fiore di ciliegio

brezza del crepuscolo

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Dans une toile de l’araignée

pétales du fleur de cerisier

brise du crépuscule

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En la telaraňa

petalos de la flor de cerezo

brisa del crepusculo

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 Musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers and I 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 second 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… This image isn’t a detail of a ripped poster, but a particular of a couch surface…

(2 – 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.

FASCINATING STREET SIGNS THAT REFLECT HISTORY

 

 Elizabeth Cygan is psychologist and infantry author. She lives in Sudbury (Massachusetts, Usa). She saw my artworks and she sent to me this interesting post, that I want to share on WordPress:

Your artwork is incredible. What a fascinating subject. I wonder about some or our street signs. I live in Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA and we have street signs that reflect our brief history, when compared to European history. In our case, Sudbury was the first town to be incorporated as a town in Massachusetts in 1639. We revere our founding fathers like Bent, Plimpton, Rice etc. We also include street names like Musket and Flintlock.

However, Sudbury was the first to let women vote in town elections, own businesses and property. We even have names of Indian chiefs, against whom we fought, like King Philip-a chief who changed his name to be like the English soldiers who were here then. So we do have a short history of which we are proud. However when we were in London I was able to check a history book, and our Revolution received only half a page. We are still referred to as “The Colonies”.

Elizabeth Cygan

 

ABOUT ELIZABETH CYGAN

She has been a counselor, psychologist and special education teacher. She  writes about history, economic and educational articles for a newspaper. She is majored in Education, Economics, History and English, with graduate degrees in each of these fields. Her recent book – based on psychological and educational principals – presents a collection of true tales about Benjamin and Annabel, her Siamese cats. The book (“A tale of two tails: the adventures of Ben and Bel”) gives a history of Siam and the siamese cat, using cat words:cat-atonic. cat burglar, cat-astrophe etc. The words are defined and the tale told. The book shows watercolors, ink and pen drawings and photos illustrating the tales. The premise is kids enjoy it when the cats run the household with their mad antics. Also kids learn best when they are engaged, having fun and don’t realize that they are learning.

 

 

“L’ECO DI BERGAMO” NEWSPAPER DEDICATES 2 FULL PAGES TO ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S “LACER/ACTIONS” ART

I know: you aren’t dedicated two pages in a newspaper every day… Especially when they refer to art and culture. However, this happened to me. L’Eco di Bergamo – the most popular local newspaper in Italy – wrote about my “Lacer/actions” artworks dedicating me two full pages. The article is signed by Diego Colombo, who has interviewed me and has brilliantly reported and described the aspects of my art. I’m re-proposing some passages of the long and detailed article, thanking Diego Colombo and L’Eco di Bergamo for the attention they gave me. The entire article can be read on L’Eco di Bergamo, on October 26, 2011.

 

ALBORGHETTI ‘S POP ART IN NEW YORK

by Diego Colombo

 The “torn city.” This is the subject of photographs by the journalist Roberto Alborghetti from Bergamo (Italy), a research work on torn posters, advertising papers, in different countries of the world. He explains: “It’s hard to imagine that behind torn and faded messages there is “something else” to see or discover. In spite of this, these images keep being a mirror of the talking city. These are the post-communicating traces of a product, an event, a show, an idea, new visual elements, often contrasting, discordant but always surprisingly vital”.

Chris Barlow, British art historians, has hosted Alborghetti in an exhibition in London, organized in October. He was invited to be part of the Memorial & Museum in New York, with his work on Nine Eleven… “I’ve always been fascinated by the world of communication – explains Alborghetti – and once I cared a survey “The eye and the media”, in the weekly magazine “La nostra Domenica”, which often dealt with advertising including that of billboards on the streets. And the director, Lino Lazzari, encouraged me to go on with photographs, putting near my language the innovations of pop art. This year he wrote me a beautiful review which I translated into English and placed on the net”. Lazzari wrote: “The matter used to create a work of art and to convey positive messages of humanity isn’t as important as the ability of using “tears” of colored paper to exalt the characteristics of a striking, persuasive, compelling reality”.

“I photograph a waste as the torn poster waiting to be covered by other posters – adds Alborghetti – or remains as a waste, especially in poor neighborhoods where I usually find the best images”. “In Tunis, three years ago, I took photographs in an Arab market – remembers Alborghetti – where I saw beautiful matches on the blue walls of buildings… The most beautiful matches are those in which paper remains stuck for months and undergoes a process of osmosis with the environment. With rain, sun, smog, paper always changes, it pulls itself, it’s stiff. The most unusual aspects can be discovered when rainwater mixes everything, leaving incredible traces, and it’s important to seize the right moment, because it isn’t always easy…”

“During the last fifteen years – continues Alborghetti – I coordinated several projects about the use of means of mass communication and the reading of image, including workshops with students and teachers on advertising messages. There, I discovered that advertising has a “post” value, that is to say even after being a moment of communication. To tell the truth, the artist Mimmo Rotella took inspiration from torn posters of the fifties. And others like him, for example the French artist Jacques Villeglé: the capability of the billboard of enchanting isn’t something new. But I have considered a different aspect: the suggestion of colors that casually remain when the bill-sticker tears. In the meantime, studying contemporary art, I was seduced by abstractionism”.

 In about seven years, Alborghetti collects a lot of photos, thirty thousand pics. Here comes the surprise: “Showing them to friends or during the workshops with teachers, I was told that my pictures of torn posters were beautiful. They pushed me to locate them, date them, categorize them. I had shots taken around the world, from Italy, from New York and Los Angeles, from all the places where my job as director of specialist journals in the field of teaching and education and coordinator of projects about the use of media takes me”.

The moment of getting known comes soon: “I created about forty videoclips with my images of torn posters, organizing them by color – blue, red, black – and giving meaning to my work. I loaded them on the net: YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, ArtSlant… The first exhibition was in July 2010 at OrioCenter: the Director of the big shoppin center had seen my pictures and he had offered me a space, the square opposite the Milan Bergamo Orio Airport, for an exhibition of thirty works on the theme “Air, water, earth and fire”. In three days, thousands of people have asked for explanations and clarifications. On that occasion newspapers dedicated some articles to the event, including L’Eco di Bergamo and the international web magazine Un mondo d’Italiani…”

 “At first I found much derision in Italy. They told me: “You have made a montage”. And then I had to stand, and still today, people’s reactions when I am taking photos on torn posters. “You’re crazy”, “I have to go, give me way…”. In Milan I was also stopped by the police: I was shooting near a police station, considered “a significant military target”. “What are you photographing?”. “I will show you”. They couldn’t believe. Even my friends usually joke: they pretend to be art dealers who invite me to exhibitions”. To tell the truth when we saw the first e mail from Roberto Alborghetti, we thought it to be a trick.

“When I brought my booklet in a gallery in Milan, they watched me as if I was an alien. But abroad I realized that I wasn’t the problem, they were. We have to get out of our narrow-minded, it is isolating us”.

 The web gives Alborghetti a strong visibility: he has been receiving since the beginning thousands of contacts on his website “Lacer/actions” on YouTube. “Lacer/actions. I chose this name because my activity consists of reading the tears on posters, mirror of pople’s sorrow” Alborghetti’s name is also present on The Huffington Post, the prestigious American blog for which the President of the United States Obama, also wrote. The article is signed by Srini Pillay, Harvard psychiatrist and researcher in the field of “brain imaging”, author of bestsellers about the Neuroscience; in Italy they translated his best seller “Life Unlocked”, titled “La Calma in Tasca” (Newton Compton publishing company)

Pillay was especially struck by the work of Alborghetti dedicated to Nine Eleven and he wrote a psychological analysis on it: “Art is a form of healing whose effects we can seen in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Roberto Alborghetti, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of the loss and the beauty of our resilience through this mysterious life”.

The London show has been organized by the art historian and gallery owner Chris Barlow: “He saw my pictures on the net, he appreciated them and invited me to go to London for three days at the international “Parallax AF” with three of my works: that dedicated to Nine Eleven, “As running fast water” (Come acqua che corre veloce), “I don’t like to stand still” (Non mi piace stare fermo). “As running fast water” was born in Bergamo, along XXIV Maggio street in a rainy day and now somebody puts it near Monet”.

 “I have been contacted by many people who had seen my pictures on the net – Alborghetti says with surprise, but also with pride – : poets, musicians and storytellers. Among these was Srini Pillay, who now is working to an international project about “ States of consciousness”: he sent me a grid of questions centred on the creation of my works. When he received my answers he wrote me: “I am a columnist of The Huffington Post, I will dedicate an article about your work on Nine Eleven”. Taking the story of the origin of this picture as a starting point, he began to write: “Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan…”. That’s true: I was there when I saw a board election and I was fascinated by the tears left by a bill-sticker. The colors were similar to those of blood and fire coming down to the gray cement. This year is the tenth anniversary of Nine Eleven and I decided to dedicate this picture to the Fallen in the attack”.

 But there’s more. “Two years ago I have produced a clip with colorful images. An American hip-pop musician, Sweet P The Entertainer saw it and wrote to me: “If I give you my music, you will make a clip”. Now he is coming out in America with his first album…” There is a special feeling with the music. “Last year I made a clip with abstract images that made me think of the atmosphere of Christmas; this clip was for an american group that sings a cappella, Tonic Sol-Fa. A few months ago I worked with a Dutch musician, Jap Jap. And an experimental musician from Brighton, Jonteknik, sent me a song and he wrote to me: “Combine it with your pictures, I like them very much”. I worked with the American musical project “Earscapes” by Joshua Sellers, musician, producer and poet from Arkansas, who created a nine minutes video (“Linger”) with my artworks…”

“Who says that this kind of work can be created only by an Italian, mentioning Renaissance, as well as all the culture that we have behind us and inside us, puts me in a crisis. As well as people who puts me near Cy Twombly, Josef Albers, to pop art, who declares that I have shown that in art nothing is created nor destroyed. That’s true: I am not a painter, but a lot of great artists have been inspired by torn posters. I have got proof. I don’t modify the images, I don’t transform them: I immortalize them as I see them. My work is a provocation. Those who see my work for the first time have the illusion that they are paintings. I have to explain that they are not…”

Others apart from artists like Alborghetti’s works. He has been called by a company, the Bulwark Design (Srs Group), from Fiorano Modenese (Modena), in the center of the district of ceramics… And then the meeting with Bruno Boggia, who provides designers with the drawings. Because the success of an article depends on the textile designers. In Como, Boggia works for the most successful international fashion houses. Alborghetti: “He has produced three silk scarves with my pictures, including one dedicated to Nine Eleven (Alborghetti is going to give it to an association of families of the Fallen in the attack) Three prototypes, just to see the effect of the transition from paper to silk”. “But there’s also – he concludes – a religious group which had the idea of taking one of my images as a model for a stained glass window… People see all these references. For me it’s just a game”. But also a provocation to our eyes and our minds.