Last november I posted a series of “haiga” . Fellow bloggers and lot of friends seemed to like my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA); we had previously collaborated on a music videoclip (“Linger”).
In a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – we have presented four haiga (titles: Moonlit Sky, In a Spider Web, A Jar of Rainwater and No Clouds), a combination of haiku and visual art.
Now, answering to request, I’d like to present all the haiga series in one post (you can see it on the slideshow). As usual, I took the images from ripped poster sticked on billboards or from cities walls (there are a lot of incredible “signs” to watch…). On occasion I want to thank Joshua Sellers for his beautiful poems. Let your eyes go on a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind…
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 Jar of Rainwater
In a Spider Web
Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti
A LOVELY COMMENT FROM FRIEND BLOGGER “LE ARTIST BOOTS”:
ABOUT JOSHUA SELLERS
Joshua Sellers has attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying music composition. Over the years, Joshua has worked as a performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, DJ and musical collaborator in classical, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, electronica and ambient music. As a member of the pop-rock duo Joker, Joshua released the album Homecoming in 2009.
In addition to musical projects, Joshua Sellers has been given an arts grant by the state of Louisiana for a poetry reading at the Masur Museum of Art (1996). Joshua has also been a co-editor of Hart Beats, a journal of philosophy and spirituality published in Monroe (1996-1998).
Joshua has long been fascinated with the sound textures. As a child, he would play with tape recorders, altering the tape speed or running the tape in reverse. Joshua Sellers: “I discovered that you could use a recording device not simply to document sound, but to create unique sounds never heard before.”
Reviving his interest in these childhood experiments, Joshua first began recording ambient music under the pseudonym Murmur in 2003. Rather than rely on the latest state-of-the-art synthesisers, Joshua uses found sounds, toy keyboards, electric guitars and shakuhachi as sound sources.
Joshua Sellers: “In music, we place traditional musical elements like rhythm, melody and harmony in the foreground and so we tend to not notice the actual texture as much. In my music, that’s a perception I want to reverse.”
In 2010, Joshua Sellers completed his first full-length album of ambient music, Amniosis. A new EP, State of Flux, is due to be released later in 2011, followed by a large-scale work, Elemental. Joshua Sellers: “I like to think of my pieces as enigmatic abstract icons, each providing a quiet meditative space and luminous presence of its own.”
Joshua Sellers currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with future plans to emigrate to New Zealand.
ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI
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. He has won important journalism Prizes, such as Premio Acqui Terme, Premio Beppe Viola, Premio Anmil Safety in Work. He is the unique Italian reporter who received the European Award for Environmental Reporting, the so called European “Pulitzer” about Environmental Reporting (1992, European Parliament, Strasbourg).
He created “LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project concerning in a research about torn posters and urban “signs” taken from city walls. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles, or scanned in a videoclip, the details of torn advertisings give new life to paper wastes.
In 2009, he published a “booklet-portfolio” – “Lacer/actions, Pics of torn (publi)city – gathering a selection of 40 pictures chosen among 30.000 pics that Roberto Alborghetti took during his research about torn (publi)city. In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited his show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio International Airport). Roberto Alborghetti’s pics are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perception (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. Alborghetti is also invited to lead workshops about his artworks.
In October 2011, he participated at Parallax Art Fair in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall). He showed 3 artworks (mixed media/canvas): “Nine Eleven/New York 2001, Victims & Martyrs, The Blood Track #2”, “As fast running water…”, “I don’t like to stand still”. The famous “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 (Life Unlocked, The Science behind the Law of Attraction, Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the Great Leaders).
One of his recent works was selected to be part of the new Contemporary Art Museum projected and created in in Italy (Marche region) by the artist Pasquale Martini.
He created more than 40 videoclips posted at his YouTube channel.
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” (robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com)