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
“ROBERTO, YOUR WHOLE CONCEPT
OF MAKING ART IS REVOLUTIONARY…”
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.