(HE)ART PLACES / BILBAO (BASQUE REGION, SPAIN) WHERE THE FUTURE HAS REGENERATED A CITY…

© PHOTOS: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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Bilbao (Basque region, Spain) is one of the most amazing cities of Europe. It had the courage to develop itself in a new identity based on culture and art. I had the pleasure to visit it a few years ago. And I was really astonished by a city where I had the sensation to walk in the future and in the past in the same time.

Its 700 years history can be seen in its buildings and constructions. The old town is an Historic-Artistic Monument and a reference point for reconstructing the city’s history from its beginnings. It is an example of urban regeneration, with more than 400 shops of all kinds. The city centre is an example of the best 20th century architecture, with buildings that have been housing the main institutions and companies in Bilbao for more than a hundred years. It is an outstanding architectural site, always designed by the best local architects. 

Nonetheless, the city continues to expand: alongside the skill of local architects, the top international firms are represented with works by Foster, Gehry, Calatrava, Isozaki, Pelli… I visited the incredible Guggenheim Museum, where I saw nice art installations and masterpieces (see the next second part of the post). Along the “Gran Via”, in the city centre, I admired a beautiful “open air” exhibition of seven Rodin sculptures, with the famous “Thinker”. In Bilbao culture and art become life. Despite the social problems of the region (autonomist movements), people are really friendly – but don’t call them “Spanish”, they are “Basques” – and conscious to be and to live in a city which walks in the future.

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“WE NEED COLORS JUST AS THE LIGHT” (W.GOETHE) / NEW “LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS” SERIES – PHOTOGALLERY #2

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS, Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Signs

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LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS 

by Roberto Alborghetti 

LacerR/Actions Project

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Realistic and not manipulated Images

of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters

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PAPER SIZE: 45X32,5

IMAGE SIZE: VARIOUS

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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 tokens. 

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn and decomposed posters give new life to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery reproducing on lithographic prints some of the 40.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research around the world.

EXCLUSIVE / INSIDE THE DUTCH GREENHOUSES WHERE PLANTS GROW UP WITH THE HELP FROM HUMANS AND TECHNOLOGY…

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

From roses to spathifillums, from fat plants to kalanchoes. A recent trip to Holland for a journalistic reportage about Dutch plants and flowers gave me the opportunity to meet and to know  some of the most innovative producers of the “green world”. In my tour, with the collaboration of Flower Council Holland, I met owners and founders of companies and internationally known brands such as Air so pure, Nolina, Amigo Plant and La mia Favorita. Despite the crisis, they were able to invest and innovate, specializing in the cultivation, environmental sustainability and marketing of indoor plants now known all over the world.

I visited their great and huge greenhouses, where plants grow up with the help from the humans and the technology… I took lot of photos about this incredible world which is a delight for the eyes. I’m glad to share these images coming from The Netherlands, where the passion for the green has produced a range of plants that help us to live better and to create an atmosphere of well-being in our environment, from homes to offices to communities. An activity that also has become a message from a beautiful Country where plants and flowers colors are a symbol of life.

INFOS AT:

http://www.bloemenbureauholland.nl/

THE SILK LACER/ACTIONS ON SHOW / ARTISTIC LIMITED-EDITION OF 3 PIECES FROM DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS IMAGES

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SILK LACER/ACTIONS ON DISPLAY AT “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW AT ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS – SCARF #3 -” WIND OF MAY, RUFFLE MY THOUGHTS” – LIMITED-EDITION, PURE SILK CREPE DE CHINE, CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH BRUNO BOGGIA STUDIO, COMO – ITALY

THE SILK “LACER/ACTIONS”

by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

at “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW

The Decomposed Publicity Posters

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ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS

PIANCASTAGNAIO, SIENA – TUSCANY (ITALY)

OCTOBER 6- NOVEMBER 4, 2012

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The next big fashion trend”

Marina Chetner

(Blogger, New York, USA)

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“The outfit looks so elegant.

I truly feel like the most beautiful woman in the world”

Meredith Deerheart

(Photographer and Blogger, Indiana, USA)

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“Roberto’s art is unique…

He changes nothing, the colours are the same,

the image is the same,

but unrecognisable in the new form.”

Debra Kolkka

(Blogger, Brisbane, Australia)

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Pure Silk Scarves / Limited  edition – Crêpe de Chine – Three Images Series.

Created by Roberto Alborghetti for “Lacer/actions” Project (Images of torn posters and urban “signs”) in collaboration with Bruno Boggia Disegni (Como, Italy).

Sizes: width 63 cms, height 170 cms.

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WATCH THE CLIP OF THE SHOW/ YOUTUBE CHANNEL:

http://youtu.be/RFJb1XSTJbo

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INFO:

andrea@velar.it

ro.alb@alice.it

“AND LACER/ACTIONS KILLED PHOTOSHOP…”: MEREDITH DEERHEART REVIEW ABOUT MY WORKS ON DISPLAY AT “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW AT ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS IN TUSCANY (OPENING OCTOBER 6)

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT – “Dancin’ Branches?” / Canvas, 2012, 70×50 / On display at “Colors of an Apocalypse” Show, Tuscany, Italy (October 6 – November 4, 2012).

People usually have doubts about the origins of my “Lacer/actions” artworks. As I like to repeat, they are realistic and natural images of torn and decomposed publicity posters I see everywhere, all around the world… People think that they are manipulations or enhanced works made with some software programs…

So, I created a collage series which will be displayed in a special room at my “ Colors Of An Apocalypse” Show, at the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century), in the beautiful Tuscany (October 6 – November 4, 2012). They are five works I created using small paper pieces from real torn posters I collected along the streets during my wandering around the world…

Fellow blogger Meredith Deerheart had the way, in the past days, to see a preview about my collages and she wrote a story at her Blog: http://healingminds.wordpress.com/

Meredith kindly sent to me a “special review” of these collages, which represent for me a sort of funny game (and a new expression of my research). I love so much what she wrote – many thanks Meredith! – and I’m pleased to share her thoughts here…

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS COLLAGES – “He Loves His Chaos From A Distance” (title from a Meredith Deerheart story), Collage on wood, 2012, 90×40

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“ROBERTO, YOUR WHOLE CONCEPT

OF MAKING ART IS REVOLUTIONARY…”

Meredith Deerheart

Dear Roberto, this work (collage) is beautiful and wild.  Yes, I like it very much.  It seems to have so much energy, yet I see cheerful calm…. like breakfast at the dining room table, before children leave for school. 

I don’t see the same thing in your collage as I see in your photos. The collage has rhythm and thought worked into it, but your photos are very naked, very raw… and not self-conscious. 

I noticed that the your collage is composed, but your pictures are not “humanly composed” beyond your framing the shot with your camera.  This is very provocative because it demonstrates that you’re the composer of the collage, not the environment, so your collage has abstract qualities… but not like those left by time, and neglect. And it can’t, of course, but people don’t always know what they see until they’ve been taught to see differently.  (Have you thought of bringing in a dumpster to do a show?) 

Your whole concept of making art from industrial deconstuctionism, caught on camera, on macro scale, is revolutionary, and something that some photographers may also notice… but your shots actually capture the randomness of deconstructionism, and you let the picture tell the story.  This, I think, is what makes your work unique and hard to comprehend.  You don’t change what you see.  There’s nothing contrived, or worked in… you show what you saw.  That’s gutsy.

People aren’t used to this kind of art, yet.  It’s new.  Your results are tactile in ways that other photography often goes flat because you actually catch the flakes of paint in their true state and experience the environment while you’re shooting the pictures.  But, many people do spend hours trying to create similar results in Photoshop, preferring to manipulate images to their preconceived ideas.  They construct what the viewer sees, whereas you allow the viewer to construct their own conclusions about the pictures.  Disbelief about your work may be a result of people not being able to conceive that such beautiful art is always present, always accessible.  Folks do not look around their world.  They often don’t see… and so your work teaches them how to see something new, I think.

I recognize the deconstructed, natural lines and colors created by the elements from studying buildings and sites during architecture…I see that organic quality… and that you’ve made an art form of this kind of macro photography.

You’re years ahead of the curve, Roberto.  Maybe that’s the curse of your passion.  People hear and know Photoshop… but that’s often where the ‘knowing’ stops.  That’s what they know.  You are the leader in this venue, though.  You are the only one who knows how and what you do, at this point, and markets it.  I don’t see similar kinds of non-manipulated photography elsewhere… so no wonder people don’t understand.  Artists are teachers, and I sometimes think we must be patient with the world while they decide what they think art is all about.

The collage… it’s so cool!  And it’s not the same as your photography. People will see.

ABSTRACT STATE OF MIND / COLORS & SIGNS OF A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER – LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 12

ABSTRACT STATE OF MIND – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS ART – LITHOGRAPH, 50X70 (FRAMED), 2009

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Abstract State Of Mind”

LaceR/Actions Project

Realistic and not manipulated image

Lithograph, 70×50 (framed)

Location: Amsterdam, 2009

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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.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition, as you may see in this “postcard” reproducing one of the 40.000 images captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

His next big show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) will take place at Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany, from October 6 to November 4, 2012 .

“SCOOP IT” REPORTS ABOUT MY SPECIAL SILK SCARVES QUOTING NYC BLOGGER MARINA CHETNER

 

SCOOP IT about SILK SCARVES LIMITED EDITION (TORN POSTERS IMAGES BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI)

MARINA CHETNER BLOG ABOUT LIMITED EDITION SILK SCARVES CREATED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI