THE SNAPSHOT-MANIA: THEY COULDN’T HELP TAKING PHOTOS OF “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBITION IN THE MEDIEVAL FORTRESS…

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“Colors of an Apocalypse

The Decomposed Publicity Posters”

Roberto Alborghetti Exhibition

Aldobrandesca Fortress

Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany – Italy

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Promoted by:

Piancastagnaio Municipality

Osa Onlus

Sponsored by:

Provincia di Siena 

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Opening Time Until January 15, 2013:

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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“VISUALS FOR CHOPIN”: LACER/ACTIONS WORKS GO WITH “REVOLUTIONARY ETUDE” BY PIANIST SOFIYA URYVAYEVA

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Sofiya Uryvayeva is a talented pianist. We met on our own YouTube channels. I was struck by her music and by her power to do magics with the piano. And she was fascinated by my Lacer/actions artworks (images of torn and decomposed publicity posters and urban signs).

This clip mixes Sofiya music and my artworks. From her YouTube channel I choose an extraordinary track that Sofiya recorded live in June 11, 2011: “Chopin Revolutionary Etude.

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  ABOUT SOFIYA URYVAYEVA

www.sofiyamusic.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/Barisof?feature=watch

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FROM “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW / THE DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS” – “THE SUN BECAME BLACK…”

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS

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“THE SUN BECAME BLACK AS SACKCLOTH MADE OF HAIR, AND THE WHOLE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD”

(Apocalypse of John, 6,12)

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This image  (reproduced on canvas) is displayed at Roberto Alborghetti Show – “Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”– at Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Italy). The show continues through to January 15, 2013.

The exhibition – displaced in seven rooms in an ascensional way –  also features a limited-edition of a three silk scarves series created by Roberto Alborghetti in collaboration with renowned textile designer Bruno Boggia (who worked with the most famous international fashion designers).

Opening Time: 10-12,30/17-19,30 (Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays).

For informations and visits by appointment: 039 0577 784134 ; e-mail: info@prolocopiancastagnaio.it.

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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.

OPEN CALL FOR “LANDSCAPE EXPANDED”: ONE MONTH RESIDENCY PROGRAMME FOR ARTISTS IN KUWAIT

 

Landscapes Expanded will support artists to explore contemporary issues intrinsically related to site, space, and place in their field of work. The residency will begin with a three-day workshop that will support artists to develop concepts for their research in the weeks that follow. Throughout the programme participants will benefit from group and individual reviews of their work and guidance from the residency facilitator and visiting contributors.

The residency programme will be led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. The programme will also benefit from insightful contributions from visiting artists and art critics such as British Artist David Rayson, whose work is featured in Out of Britain. Rayson is currently the Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London.

Participants’ work produced during the residency programme will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMArt) at the end of October 2012. Chosen works may also be exhibited at a British Council Visual Arts exhibition that will showcase artists from the Gulf at the Brunei Gallery in London in 2015.

Eligibility: This residency is open to practicing artists and creative practitioners (from all disciplines) who are keen to develop the concepts of landscape art in their practice. Applicants must reside in Kuwait, must commit to participate in a three-day workshop (18 th – 20th September 2012) and closing presentation, which will take place on 18 th October 2012. The workshops will be hosted in English, however translators will be available should they be required.

Procedure. Deadline: 5th September 2012 (10am). Please e-mail the following (in English or Arabic) to nadia.elsebai@britishcouncil.org :  Artist C.V.; Up to 10 images of your work with an appendix stating the title, medium, and year the work was executed.; A statement of intent (up to 500 words) explaining why you are applying to the programme and what you hope to obtain from it. Please briefly state what themes you are interested to explore during the residency programme.

Large images will have to be submitted via www.wetransfer.com or any

other host site in which your images can be downloaded directly. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a link to your work online. For videos, please provide links of uploaded material either on youtube or vimeo. Suggested topics for research: Urban Tribes, The politics of dress, – Geopolitics, Landscapes created by advertising, Monuments in the construction of Landscapes and History, The demolished landscape, erasing history, and recuperating memory, Imagined landscapes, futuristic and fictitious.

IN THIS IMPRESSIVE TUSCANY FORTRESS THE NEXT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SHOW: “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE /AN INTRIGUE FOR THE EYES AND MIND FROM DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS”

VIDEOCLIP : ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SHOW 2012 : “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE”

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The next Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse – An Intrigue for the  Eyes and Mind from Decomposed Publicity Posters“) will take place in a wonderful and impressive location: the Rocca Aldobrandesca – a XIII Century fortress in Tuscany (Siena, Italy) – from October 6 to November 5, 2012. The exhibition is one of the most awaited Italian events of Fall 2012 and has been organized by Piancastagnaio Municipality and Siena Territory Communities and Osa Onlus. 

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There is a great expectation for this event: simply browse the site – www.robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/ –  where there’s a page about the exhibition. The title couldn’t be more hit for this exceptional exhibition sponsored by the Municipality and Osa. Roberto Alborghetti will show forty artworks that symbolically represent the meaning of his artistic research, based on observation and reproduction of  one of the several “apocalypses” of our times, namely the decomposed and torn publicity posters we see on walls and along the streets. 

Roberto Alborghetti looks inside this great Babel of decomposed colors and words degraded by time, environment and humans. He draws chromatic energy from trash images, giving new life and reason to what is considered (for the eyes and the urban landscape) a rejection or a disturbing element. The historic  Piancastagnaio fortress, evoking the passage of times, offers an ideal space to enhance the contrasting language of colors and shapes of Roberto Alborghetti compositions.

The “Lacer /actions” Show will be accompanied by forums, workshops and videoshows created by Alborghetti. The exhibition will also feature a limited-edition of a three silk scarves series which Roberto Alborghetti produced in collaboration with renowned textile designer Bruno Boggia who worked with the most famous international fashion designers.              

But let’s know something more about this fascinating fortress, one of the most impressive Medieval Italian castles, a perfect location for Roberto Alborghetti artpieces. Since the 11th century the area of southern Tuscany around the castle of Piancastagnaio was the object of the expansionist politics of the powerful feudal family of the Aldobrandeschi. The whole territory is rich in historical remains tied to these potentates. Between the possessions of the Aldobrandeschi, Piancastagnaio was almost always the site of allotted to the noble family from the monks of the Abbey of S.Salvatore since the beginning of the year 1000. Subsequently it was claimed from the Viscounts of Campiglia and during the 13th century it became object of ulterior disputes between the cities of Siena and Orvieto.

The Orvietani gained control of the powerful fortress in the 1303 and maintained it for around fifty years. At this point they entered in the quarrel with the heirs of the Aldobrandeschi, the Orsini of Pitigliano, to       oppose the new aims of the Senese Republic. Only between the years 1415 and 1430 Siena finally succeeded to taking possession of Piancastagnaio,       that was attached to the Capitanato of Radicofani. In 17th century the settlement became a Granducal fief and finally, with the Leopoldine reforms, the chief town of the the same community.

The country town has a circular form, once had surrounding wall enclosure with alternating square towers and four gates. The walls and the gates       have been almost entirely demolished, with the exception of few lines, three towers, two with semicircular shape and the other squared, the main       city Gate beside the Rocca and other three minor Gates in the southern front of the walls: ‘Porta Romana’, ‘Porticciola’ e ‘Porta di Voltaia’.

In the highest point of the inhabited area rises still today the mighty Rocca Aldobrandesca. The construction has a square form and is endowed with tall and strongly inclined walls. From the enclosure rises two towers , the greatest, either as thickest, had functions of keep, the other, in the opposite angle,       defended the underlying gate of access to the city.

The whole complex was endowed with machicoulis and battlement, still today almost intact. The Rocca is under good condition thanks to careful work of  restoration.

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS SHOW AT ROCCA ALDOBRANDESCA 7 THE OFFICIAL POSTER

“GLORIOUS MORNING”: RUMI’S POEM INSPIRED A GREAT PIANO SOLO BY GENE EMERSON IN A CLIP WITH ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ‘S ART

Music is colour, image, movement, poetry… and a GLORIOUS MORNING too! This is the title of a great original piano solo by Gene Emerson, from Canada. Gene is a talented composer and pianist. I was really amazed and fascinated by her music. When I heard her “Glorious Morning” I immediately thought to some of my “Lacer/actions” artworks.

 And the idea to collaborate with Gene for a clip became stronger when I read her words about the meaning she gave to her beautiful piano composition.

Gene says : “Glorious Morning is really an ode to a beautiful, warm and sunny morning at the beginning of Spring, – after long cold winter – when the world is changing, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. Such a great change in nature has inspired me to compose this piece. Also, I must say, I have found Rumi‘s lovely poem ‘Spring Arrives’ is very close to the spirit of this piece. His poem is so much full of optimism. He throws away all dogmas, religious fanaticism and pessimism. His free spirited vision of love and passion for life is so overwhelming. Although the poem is 800 years old, but Rumi’s description of flowers and trees would never become old and it is very relevant for our Spring in 2012…”

 

So we decided to create a videoclip, trying to mix Gene music and my artworks (images of torn posters and urban signs). I selected nine pics that recall me in some ways the  wonderful melody and the surprising Gene Emerson’s  performance. So, enjoy this video. Great music and colors for a dreamin’ and relaxing moment…

https://animoto.com/play/351O9KhFBX4T0pvwdeX0UQ

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You may follow Gene Emerson at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/emersongene1

http://pianomusiccomposition.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/emersongene

LONDON: ART GOES TO TUBE STATION

  

Following on from the success of ‘Art Below Regents Park during ‘Frieze season’ just 12 weeks ago, Art Below are proud to present ‘Art of Angel’, which sees the transformation of the walkway at Angel Tube Station into a public art gallery for the whole of this month. Billboard space normally used for advertising is now featuring a mix of urban and contemporary art with a diverse range of techniques and influences by artists from around the globe.

On the 19th January Art Below are launching a 4 day exhibition of the artists original work at The Candid Arts Trust, a Victorian warehouse with over 6,500 sq ft of exhibition space, located directly behind Angel station, and just  5 minutes walk from The  London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre (18 – 22nd Jan).

Over the 4 day exhibition Art Below will be staging ‘live painting performances’ on a large scale by acclaimed artists including Inkie, Johan Andersson, and Johan Wahlstrom giving the visiting public an intriguing insight into the creative process and techniques involved in their work.

 As well as photography and painting there will also be sculptural work by Schoony and projected video work by Eleanor Lindsay Fynn and Open Prize winner Sidsel Christensen represented by The Open Gallery. Entry is free to the public.  10 am – 6pm, Thursday to Saturday. 10 am – 4pm on Sunday.

 www.artbelow.org.uk