STREAMS OF COLORS: IMAGE #5 FROM “THE SPRING WINGS” LACER/ACTIONS SERIES

 

Till next sunday April 1, I’m glad to share a special preview of a seven images series that I titled “The Spring Wings”. The whole series will be followed and concluded by a videoclip in which I’ll show a “live view” of that incredibile billboard from which I’ve made my artworks.

I think it’s one of the most astonishing torn posters I ever seen so far during my long research about ripped ads and urban signs. It was located in Lecco, a beautiful town on Como Lake (Italy). The incredible actions and re-actions made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, light, smog, humidity…) produced a capturing and harmonious mash-up of colors and shapes. I really had the luck to be in the right time in the right place… (in the following days the billboard was covered with new publicity posters).

The huge and whole torn paper advertising showed me pre-existing images that were crushed and de-structured in thousands of particles which presented fascinating colored streams and waves dancing on a completely white background. The various sections of the torn poster reminded me suggestions about springtime colors…as we may see also in the 4th image of the series.

ABOUT MY “LACER/ACTIONS ART PROJECT”

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

© Roberto Alborghetti

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SNOW LANDSCAPE? NO, IT’S JUST ONE OF MY “LACER/ACTIONS”…

  

 

Black and White. Two colors. One scene. The image recalls me a snow-covered volcanic land. Or some traces of snow. Maybe snow on the clods? Probably. I may say for sure that it’s an (absolutely random) image I’ve taken (as the others 35.000) during my wandering research about what I like to call “The Torn (publi)City”… I catched it in Lecco, on Como Lake. Now it’s a canvas… I like, in this image, the way in which black and white colors are mixed. Some parts seem in relief, as a 3D picture. But it’s only an illusion, as the sensation to be in front of a snow-covered volcanic landscape seen from a plane… It’s only an abstract composition. It’s just one of my “Lacer/actions”

  •  Black’n white, but someone named it optical”, Canvas+Mixed media, 62×93, Image location: Lecco, Como Lake, 2011.

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MOONLIT SKY:THE FIRST “HAIGA+LACER/ACTIONS” BY JOSHUA SELLERS AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Moonlit sky

quivering crepe myrtles

et their shadows

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Cielo dal chiaro di luna

tremolanti mirti crespi

e le loro ombre

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Ciel au clair de lune

des tremblants myrtes crépus

et leurs ombres

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Ciel al claro de luna

tremolantes mirtos crespos

y sus sombras

This is a new collaboration between Joshua Sellers (Arkansas, Usa) and Roberto Alborghetti (Italy) after the “Linger” videoclip. We present an unpublished series of four images in which Joshua Sellers’s Haiga meet Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions Artworks (realistic images of torn posters and urban “signs”). Poetry and visual Art for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind. Colors and emotions, to discover in a slowly way, by the heart side. (To be continued…)

 ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

Here, Haiga verses meet for the first time the abstract language of realistic images as “Lacer/actions” arts.  


ABOUT JOSHUA SELLERS

Joshua Sellers has attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying music composition.  Over the years, Joshua has worked as a performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, DJ and musical collaborator in classical, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, electronica and ambient music.  As a member of the pop-rock duo Joker, Joshua released the album Homecoming in 2009.

In addition to musical projects, Joshua Sellers has been given an arts grant by the state of Louisiana for a poetry reading at the Masur Museum of Art (1996).  Joshua has also been a co-editor of Hart Beats, a journal of philosophy and spirituality published in Monroe (1996-1998).
Joshua has long been fascinated with the sound textures.  As a child, he would play with tape recorders, altering the tape speed or running the tape in reverse.  Joshua Sellers: “I discovered that you could use a recording device not simply to document sound, but to create unique sounds never heard before.”

Reviving his interest in these childhood experiments, Joshua first began recording ambient music under the pseudonym Murmur in 2003.  Rather than rely on the latest state-of-the-art synthesisers, Joshua uses found sounds, toy keyboards, electric guitars and shakuhachi as sound sources.
Joshua Sellers: “In music, we place traditional musical elements like rhythm, melody and harmony in the foreground and so we tend to not notice the actual texture as much.  In my music, that’s a perception I want to reverse.”
In 2010, Joshua Sellers completed his first full-length album of ambient music, Amniosis.  A new EP, State of Flux, is due to be released later in 2011, followed by a large-scale work, Elemental. Joshua Sellers: “I like to think of my pieces as enigmatic abstract icons, each providing a quiet meditative space and luminous presence of its own.”

Joshua Sellers currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with future plans to emigrate to New Zealand.

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 ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Professional reporter, author and visual artist, Roberto Alborghetti has written more than thirty books (biographies, interviews, stories). He worked in magazines and newspapers and produced Tv documentaries. Editor in chief of magazines concerning didactic, education, edutainment and media literacy, he leads workshops and conferences. He has won important journalism Prizes, such as Premio Acqui Terme, Premio Beppe Viola, Premio Anmil Safety in Work. He is the unique Italian reporter who received the European Award for Environmental Reporting, the so called European “Pulitzer” about Environmental Reporting (1992, European Parliament, Strasbourg).

He created “LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project concerning in a research about torn posters and urban “signs” taken from city walls. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles, or scanned in a videoclip, the details of torn advertisings give new life to paper wastes.

In 2009, he published a “booklet-portfolio” – “Lacer/actions, Pics of torn (publi)city – gathering a selection of 40 pictures chosen among 30.000 pics that Roberto Alborghetti took during his research about torn (publi)city. In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited his show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio International Airport). Roberto Alborghetti’s pics are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perception (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. Alborghetti is also invited to lead workshops about his artworks.

In October 2011, he participated at Parallax Art Fair in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall). He showed 3 artworks (mixed media/canvas): “Nine Eleven/New York 2001, Victims & Martyrs, The Blood Track #2”, “As fast running water…”, “I don’t like to stand still”. The famous “The Huffington Post” (September 2011) wrote about his artwork devoted to Nine Eleven Fallen; article by dr. Srini Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain imaging researcher, executive coach, author (Life Unlocked, The Science behind the Law of Attraction, Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the Great Leaders).

One of his recent works was selected to be part of the new Contemporary Art Museum projected and created in in Italy (Marche region) by the artist Pasquale Martini. He created more than 40 videoclips posted at his YouTube channel.

STREETS OF LONDON, “OPEN AIR” ART GALLERY

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In the very heart of London catchin’ images of torn posters and signs from the walls… For my “Lacer/actions” art.

During my recent participation at Parallax AF at La Galleria, I had the way to have a look around in the very heart of London trying to catch some images of torn and decomposed posters (yes, I can’t resist!) The British metropolis offered me again so many signs layed on its walls. As an open air gallery, London revealed itself through incredible colors and shapes. In every street I walked along I noticed particulars and details all linked by a sort of a common language and dye.

In Haymarket, not so distant from La Galleria, I captured blue oriented images. In High Holborn Street the dominat color was green. In St. Giles Street some ripped posters presented details in which I had no difficulties to see pop-art elements. And again: I catched black and white images in Leicester Square, red and blue in Yorkway. Along Moor Street, outside a dockyard, I saw (and impressed on my camera) images that mixed up ripped papers, glue castings, spontaneous drawings left by some anonymous hands. Such incredible colored effects!

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS ART – 2011

As usually, in ripped and decomposed publicity posters I find a lot of styles and art streams: from modernism to cubism, from abstractionism to post-modernism, from vorticism to impressionism… Yes, so lot of “ism”, but I prefer to call all those images with my favourite term: “Lacer/actionism”… London is really an “open air” art museum that you may visit every day, without paying an entrance ticket. It’s enough to walk along the streets, open your eyes wide an let your perception flow.

Roberto Alborghetti

 WATCH THE CLIP…

YouTube

http://youtu.be/ShJ_j-s06Go

Animoto

http://animoto.com/play/WBPxxng94YhTOhtaq1nu3g

A “BULWARK DESIGN” TOUCH FOR MY “LACER/ACTIONS” ON SHOW AT PARALLAX AF IN LONDON

 

 The three “Lacer/actions” artworks on show in London at Parallax AF (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) are presented to visitors in a dimension that is not visible through the pictures posted on the web. In fact, only a live view enables the eyes to detect a particular feature. That is, some type material “elements” – whose transparency is absolute – which have been deposited in some areas of the image on canvas.

It’s the result of the positive collaboration and experimentation that I have carried out with Bulwark Design, of the SRS group in Fiorano Modenese (Italy). I had the way to know the activities of Bulwark in design and in ceramics, stones, glass and other materials manufacture. Being “Lacer/actions” an open project – that communicates and engages with the possible evolutions of the most innovative researches and applications – I was very glad to work and to experiment on the canvases on exhibition for the London event. Thanks to Simona Malagoli, area manager, and to Beppe Cesana, decorator and artist (he is also an accomplished photographer: see the pictures he took in plagued areas of the former Yugoslavia, carried around in a series of exhibitions) we worked to make the three images even more mysterious and suggestive (with the assistance of Valeria and Paola).

I repeat: the live view only is able to reveal the outcome of this trial, which led on canvases areas some streams of brightness and of tri-dimensionality. And so, thanks to the Bulwark Design ‘s magic touch” – it must be said – I experienced a further opportunity for the development of my visual expression. Everything is on exhibition at  “Parallax AF” in London (14, 15, 16 October, 2011).

 I thank for the cooperation all the Bulwark Design ‘s team and Corrado Fontanini, founder of SRS in Fiorano Modenese (Modena), a worldwide leading company in the supply of design and engraved silicon rolles, as well as in the production of screens for serigraphic printing and different pronting tools for ceramic; SRS is also based in Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Iran and Egypt, where it operates with the most advanced technologies, producing true art works for our environments and for our daily life.

Roberto Alborghetti

 

 

About SRS and Bulwark Design:

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/art-and-design-for-daily-life/

 www.bulwark.it

 http://www.grupposrs.com/default.asp

 

 UN TOCCO DI “BULWARK DESIGN” PER LE “LACER/AZIONI” ALLA “PARALLAX AF” DI LONDRA

 Le tre opere “Lacer/azioni” esposte a Londra alla Parallax AF (La Galleria, Royale Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) si presentano ai visitatori in una dimensione che non è assolutamente visibile attraverso le immagini pubblicate su web. Infatti, solo una vista dal vivo consente all’occhio umano di rilevare una particolarità. Ossia, alcuni “elementi” di tipo materico – dalla trasparenza assoluta – che sono stati depositati su alcune aree delle tele in esposizione. E’ il frutto, questo, della collaborazione e della positiva sperimentazione che ho attuato con Bulwark Design, del gruppo SRS di Fiorano Modenese.

Avevo avuto modo di conoscerne l’attività ed il campo d’azione nel design e nella lavorazione di ceramiche, pietre, vetro ed altri materiali. Essendo “Lacer/azioni” un progetto aperto, che dialoga e si confronta con le possibili evoluzioni della ricerca e delle applicazioni più innovative – è nata così l’idea di lavorare sulle tele destinate all’evento londinese. Grazie a Simona Malagoli, area manager di Bulwark Design e a Beppe Cesana, decoratore ed artista (è anche un valente fotografo: vedere le immagini scattate nei territori martoriati della ex Jugoslavia, portate in giro anche in una serie di mostre) si è lavorato per rendere ancora più misteriose e suggestive le tre immagini.

Ripeto, solo l’immagine vista dal vivo è in grado di rivelare l’esito di questa sperimentazione, che ha portato sui colori aree di lucentezza e di tri-dimensionalità, anche grazie all’assistenza ed alla perizia di Valeria e Paola (collaboratrici di Beppe). E così, grazie al tocco magico – è il caso di dirlo – di Bulwark Design, ho sperimentato un’ulteriore possibilità di sviluppo e di evoluzione della mia espressione visuale. Il tutto è visibile in anteprima a Londra alla “Parallax AF”, dal 14 al 16 ottobre. Un grazie per la collaborazione agli amici di Bulwark Design e a Corrado Fontanini, fondatore di SRS di Fiorano Modenese, azienda leader nella fornitura di disegni e rulli siliconici incisi, presente anche in Brasile , Spagna, Messico, Iran ed Egitto, dove opera con le più avanzate tecnologie, producendo vere e proprie opere d’arte per gli ambienti della nostra vita quotidiana.

Roberto Alborghetti

 

 

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/art-and-design-for-daily-life/

 

www.bulwark.it

 

http://www.grupposrs.com/default.asp

 

 

 

PLANTS HAVE EYES. THOSE OF CHILDREN (PART TWO)

 

 People asked me to show more beautiful drawings made by Italian students about plants world. I received the suggestion and here you may admire some other pictures… Really nice pics!

Flower Council Holland– through Okay!monthly magazine – had asked the Italian schoolsto draw “the plant that I like”, flower plantsand indoor plants. The outcome was better than expected. About 3.000 the drawings sent to promoters, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants that offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to our homes. Last week, students participated to the awards ceremony, that taked place at “Le Due Torri”, a big shopping center in Stezzano-Bergamo, in Milan Area.

A mass of colored drawings tell us that plants talk and caress us with their discreet presence. And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes of children. And also plants have eyes. Those of children.

By the way, I created a videoclip. Here the YouTube link:

http://youtu.be/CRqyEyWkhfs

 

 

GUESS WHERE I TOOK IT FROM…

The green side of my “lacer/actions” artworks… But this time, the image doesn’t come from a torn poster sticked on a billboard. And neither it’s a picture taken on board, looking green fields from an aircraft… Guess where I took it from…