VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN / WORK #4: THE VORTEX AND THE MASK (PRIMARY COLORS)

The days of the pandemic that the world is experiencing are like a vortex that has dragged us into the abyss of the unknown, darkness and pain. We are all in the vortex. This is the image that many people – even myself – have experienced mentally, but also physically. The emergence of a terrible and unknown virus has left scorched earth around us. Many lives are gone in the silence, in the solitude, in the distance of the affections, even of a hug. We all feel the need to recover strength, energy, images of life. And to return to everyday life, surely changed.

From these thoughts this project “Vorticism: Lockdown” was born. I plunged into the vortex of the colors of the decomposed and corrupt advertising posters, to draw something new, something that opened the wings of hope. A torn and worn-out advertising poster, expired in his message, is the image of these times overwhelmed by the fury of the virus. I’m in love with vorticism: I still remember a great exhibition in London, 10 years ago, at the Tate Gallery. So, I let myself be carried away by the vortex of shapes and colors. I de-structured waste paper strips and re-structured them into 3 small works. I call them collages. I presented them to you, with images and video clips. Today, here is the fourth and final work of the project. I think it doesn’t need comments. The protective mask is and will increasingly be a symbol of these months and of this phase that we are all experiencing. So I imagined a vortex of primary colors, the fundamental colors, as an antidote to the grayness of fear (all the pieces of paper are always waste paper of torn publicity posters).

“Vorticism” is the avant-garde movement which was influenced by the tensions of the early twentieth century, with desires and expectations of renewal. Vorticism, in depicting vortex shapes, wants to express the concept of energy and strength by inserting movement and dynamism into art. A group of “vorticists” was founded by the artist, writer and polemicist, Wyndham Lewis in 1914. Their only group exhibition was held in London the following year. Vorticism was launched by Blast  magazine which contained  two manifestos by Lewis ‘blasting’ what he considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic: ‘The New Vortex plunges to the heart of the Present, we produce a New Living Abstraction’.

The “Vorticism: Lockdown” exhibition aims to pay homage to the intuitions and sense of an avant-garde movement which, precisely in the lockdown phase for the emergence of the coronavirus, indicates a desire of re-birth, of re-launch and, why not ?, of re-volt of culture, lifestyles, behaviors and values, respecting the person, the human dimension and the natural balance of the planet.

THE VORTEX AND THE MASK (PRIMARY COLORS)

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN #4 – COLLAGE ON THE MASK, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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I giorni della pandemia che il mondo sta vivendo sono come un vortice che ci ha trascinati dentro l’abisso dell’incognito, dell’oscurità e del dolore. Nel vortice ci siamo tutti, nessuno escluso. E’ questa l’immagine che tanta gente – anche io stesso – ha vissuto mentalmente, ma anche fisicamente. L’emergenza di un virus terribile e sconosciuto, ha lasciato attorno a noi terra bruciata. Tante vite se ne sono andate nel silenzio, nella solitudine, nella distanza degli affetti, perfino di un abbraccio. Sentiamo tutti la necessità di recuperare forze, energie, immagini di vita. E di tornare alla quotidianità, sicuramente cambiati.

Da questi pensieri è nato questo progetto “Vorticism:Lockdown”. Mi sono tuffato nel vortice dei colori dei manifesti pubblicitari decomposti e corrotti, per trarre qualcosa di nuovo, qualcosa che aprisse le ali della speranza. Un manifesto pubblicitario strappato e logoro, scaduto nel suo messaggio, è l’immagine di questi tempi travolti dalla furia del virus. Io, innamorato del vorticismo, mi sono lasciato trasportare dal vortice di forme e colori. Ho de-strutturato strisce di carta straccia e le ho ri-strutturate in 3 piccole opere. Li chiamo collage. Ve li ho presentati, con immagini e videoclip. Oggi, il quarto lavoro rappresentata il simbolo di queste giornate di pandemia: la maschera protettiva, che ho immaginato nel design di un vortice di colori primari.

La mostra online “Vorticismo: Lockdown” vuole essere un omaggio alle intuizioni e al senso di un movimento d’avanguardia che, proprio nella fase del “blocco totale” per l’emergenza del coronavirus, indica desiderio di ri-nascita, di ri-lancio e, perchè no?, di ri-volta culturale, comportamentale e valoriale, con il recupero della dimensione umana e nel rispetto degli equilibri naturali del Pianeta.

THE VORTEX AND THE WINGS OF HOPE

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