CRACKS © ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – IMAGE # 6
THE CRACKS WEEK: THE 6th IMAGE
Some friends of mine who work in arts told me that CRACKS – and all my LACER/ACTIONS researches about torn and decomposed publicity posters – are a sort of European example of “Wabi-sabi” which is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay…
Yes, I’m glad for this matching. In fact, “Wabi-sabi” celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Architect Tadao Ando says: “Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.” (Read more at What Is Wabi-Sabi)
Cracks is part of my Lacer/actions Project, about the decomposition of torn publicity posters on outside advertisings (my realistic and not manipulated images are transferred on canvases, lithographic prints or textiles). Since 2009 I’ve been also workin’ on another matter. Not paper but metal and plastic surfaces, or metal and plastic platings. So, I entered the wonderful world of Cracks… We are surrounded by cracks. We live in a planet of cracks. And cracks may be considered as a life’s metaphor. My eyes and cameras discovered, in cracks magnifications, another astonishing textures in what we usually consider waste materials. Also my Cracks are realistic, natural, random and not enhanced images, as you see in this picture.