“THE TACTILE AFFAIR”: THEY FEEL LIKE TOUCHING ARTWORKS / SCENES FROM MY EXHIBITION AT TUSCANY CASTLE

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“Colors of an Apocalypse

The Decomposed Publicity Posters”

Roberto Alborghetti Exhibition

Aldobrandesca Fortress

Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany – Italy

Promoted by:

Piancastagnaio Municipality

Osa Onlus

Sponsored by:

Provincia di Siena 

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Opening Time: 10 to 12.30 am/ 17 to 19.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.

For information and visits by appointment:

Tel +39 0577/784134

e-mail: info@prolocopiancastagnaio.it

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“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 .

A MODERN ART PIECE? IT’S JUST A PHOTO OF A DETAIL OF TORN PUBLICITY POSTERS… POSTCARD #10

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The Black, The Red and The White

Abstract Photo of a Decomposed (publi)City Poster 

Image location: Amsterdam, 2010 

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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 90.000 images captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

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IN THE GREAT CLEAR SKY: REMEMBERING ARCHITECT GIAN PAOLO BIFFI / LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 8

IN THE GREAT CLEAR SKY: REMEMBERING ARCHITECT GIAN PAOLO BIFFI / LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 8

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IN THE GREAT CLEAR SKY: REMEMBERING ARCHITECT GIAN PAOLO BIFFI 

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Lithograph, 2009, 50×70 (framed, not available)

Realistic and not manipulated image

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This artpiece is dedicated to architect and friend Gian Paolo Biffi, who passed away in these days. I’m grateful to him for his passionate profession, his enthusiasm and his personal support to my art. He was one of the first who pushed me to develop and promote my art research and activities. He curated my “ The Four Elements” Exhibition in 2009 and his installation – a particular  scaffolding used in building yards – was really something innovative and intriguing for modern art shows. He was also pleased to give me some suggestions for my next exhibition in the great Medieval Tuscany Fortress. But a desease caught him too early. Now he’s in the Great Clear Sky, as suggested by this artpiece which was owned by him…

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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 September 27 to November 4, 2012 .

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NEL GRANDE CIELO CHIARO: RICORDANDO L’ARCHITETTO GIAN PAOLO BIFFI – LE CARTOLINE DI LACER /AZIONI # 8

Litografia, 2009, 50 × 70 (con cornice, non disponibile)

Immagine realistica e non manipolata

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Questa composizione  è dedicata all’architetto ed amico Gian Paolo Biffi, scomparso in questi giorni. Gli sono grato per la sua professione appassionata, il suo entusiasmo e il suo sostegno personale alla mia arte. Fu uno dei primi che mi ha spinto a sviluppare e promuovere la mia ricerca e le attività artistiche. Ha curato la mia mostra “I quattro elementi” (2009) e la sua installazione – un ponteggio particolare utilizzato nei cantieri edili – è stato davvero qualcosa di innovativo e intrigante per le mostre di arte moderna. Era anche felice di darmi qualche suggerimento per la mia prossima mostra nella grande fortezza medievale in Toscana. Ma una malattia lo ha preso prematuramente. Ora è nel grande cielo chiaro, come suggerito da questa composizione che era di sua  proprietà

Roberto Alborghetti  Lacer / Azioni è un progetto multidisciplinare e di ricerca sull’apparente caos dei manifesti pubblicitari strappati e decomposti e dei segni di strada.

 Transferite su tela, litografie o riprodotti su tessuti (come seta pura), o acquisiti in videoclips, i dettagli dei manifesti strappati danno nuova vita alla carta lacerata e decomposta, come si può vedere in questa “cartolina” che riproduce una delle 40.000 immagini catturate da Roberto Alborghetti durante la sua ricerca in tutto il mondo.

La sua prossima mostra ( “Colori di un’ Apocalisse / I manifesti pubblicitari decomposti: una provocazione per gli occhi e la mente” ) si svolgerà presso la Rocca Aldobrandesca (XIII secolo, Paincastagnaio, Siena) in Toscana, dal 27 settembre al 4 novembre 2012.

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Images of Torn (publi)City

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Lithograph, 2009, 50×70 (not available)

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and 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, as you may see in this “postcard” reproducing one of the 40.000 images captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research.

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

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This “Lacer/actions” postcard is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Bob Dylan ‘s “Blowin’ in the wind”. A song  which continues to be a sort of “manifesto” for all the generations. “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?…”

“AS RUNNING FAST WATER”: ABSTRACT PHOTO OF A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER – LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 5

“AS RUNNING FAST WATER”: ABSTRACT PHOTO OF A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS

Images of Decomposed (publi)City

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Canvas, 2010, 62×42

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and 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 decompositions, as you may see in this “postcard” reproducing one of the 90.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research.

His next big exhibition will take place in a fascinating XIII Century Tuscany fortress (Rocca Aldobrandesca, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 26 to November 4, 2012. It’s one of the most waited Italian events of Fall 2012.