TWENTY SIGNS O’ THE TIMES…: ABSTRACT PHOTOS OF SCRATCHES AND CRACKS ON A CITY WALLS

 

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

Twenty “signs o’ the times”. Twenty scenes from the walls of a city (Bari, Italy). In this photo-gallery I present some of the pictures I gathered  for my “Lacer/actions” project-research.  As I usually like to say, they’re not paintings, they’re not created by the brush of a painter, but simply by the case. They’re abstract and macro photos I usually take while I’m walking along the streets: I  collected so far more than 90.000 images. I’m always amazed and admired how the reality goes beyond every imagination… The important is to be in the right moment and in the right place, having my photocamera ready…

ABOUT MY LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decomposition.

One of my shows was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy). In the last years I worked on these projects:  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts, 1563-1631), “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). My works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12 to September 7, 2014.

My recent “The Ghost Bus/A visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood” project was carried out with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-March 2015). I produced two short films which were premiered on March 27, 2015 at Bartons Plc, Chilwell-Nottingham. An Italian premiere took place in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena) on October 24-25, 2015. My most recent solo show (“Colors of an Apocalypse 2015”) was on Lake Como, Lenno, Italy, on  July3-4-5, 2015, in a special and spectacular location: the St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a beautiful example of Romanesque art. During the last year, with fashion designer and artist Mitrani Yarden we have developed ideas for the fashion world, as the Volcano Dress (e-book and short film) and an innovative fabric prints series.

VIDEOCLIP: THE IMPRESSIVE ABBEY OF CORAZZO (CALABRIA, ITALY). A PLACE OF ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE

© Roberto Alborghetti 

On the slopes of the Sila, in Calabria (Italy), in the province of Catanzaro, there is an extraordinary place, representing great pages of history and  culture. It’s the ancient abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo, founded by Benedictine monks in the eleventh century, near the river Corace. It was mentioned in papers since 1060-70! It appears today in the particularity of its ruins, which give a charm to the surroundings. Almost a destiny that it was destroyed several times. It was firstly rebuilt by the Cistercian monks in the twelfth century. It was later damaged by the earthquake in March 1638, and again after another earthquake in 1783. The monastery was then slowly abandoned and stripped of his artistic works. Today, as I said, the ruins remain as wonderful tracks of the past. The abbey is located in the village of Castagna (Chestnut), in Carlopoli territory.  Why the Abbey of Corazzo is so important? Not only for the fact of being an ancient Benedictine building, but also because its story intersects with that of a great man and author, Joachim of Fiore, also mentioned in Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. He took the monk’s habit,becoming abbot. Then he moved to Pietralata, before settling in Sila in the spring of 1189, in San Giovanni in Fiore where he founded a new religious order, the Florence Congregation, approved by Pope Celestine III in 1196.  Santa Maria Corazzo was now “adopted” by the volunteers of the “Progetto Gedeone – Gideon Project” for the creation of a “Social Enterprise” animated by different purposes. 

VIDEO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI; SOUNDTRACK: “APOLLO’S TRIUMPH”, AUDIOMACHINE

Abbazia S.M. Corazzo - Photo Roberto Alborghetti (1)

Abbazia S.M. Corazzo – Photo Roberto Alborghetti (1)

“TEXTILES AS PAINTINGS”: IN THE NEW ISSUE OF “ACS” MAGAZINE 10 WONDERFUL PAGES ON THE “FABRICS (R)EVOLUTION”

 

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On the new issue of ACS Magazine – Renèe LaVerne Rose is the Publisher and the Editor in Chief – we find 10 pages about the “fabrics (r)evolution” created by Roberto Alborghetti-Mitrani Yarden. Wonderful and innovative designs in  printing fabrics for fashion, high fashion, accessories  and lot of objects for the daily life.

 

The new issue May/June of ACS Magazine ( Publisher and Editor in Chief: Renè LaVerne Rose) is on line! ACS is a great document on arts, design, creative minds, artists and cultures across the world. This issue features also 10 pages showing the amazing and innovative fabrics created by Roberto Alborghetti and Mitrani Yarden:”Textile as Paintings: an Innovation in Fabrics” . So, click on the link and browse a colourful world which is really creating something new and unique in textiles and fabrics.  

http://emagazine.acs-mag.com/acs-magazine-may-june-2016-issue/page/222-223

 

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The cover of May/June issue of ACS magazine. 

ACS magazine website:

http://www.acs-mag.com/

 

IN THE NEW ISSUE OF “ACS” INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE: 12 PAGES WITH MY REPORTAGE ABOUT “FLORENCE, GEOMETRY OF A CITY” 

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The opening pages about FLORENCE on the new issue of ACS international magazine (Publisher and Editor in Chief:Renèe LaVerne Rose). Reportage by Roberto Alborghetti, Italy’s Correspondent.

 

The new issue of ACS Magazine (May/June) is on line; Publisher and Editor in Chief: Renèe LaVerne Rose. ACS is an amazing window on arts, artists and culture across the world. This issue features also my 12  pages reportage about “Florence, Geometry of a City”, with texts and photos on two monuments of the Renaissance. So, click on the link and jump in the amazing dimensiono of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

http://emagazine.acs-mag.com/acs-magazine-may-june-2016-issue/page/198-199

 

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The cover of the new issue of “ACS” magazine.

ACS magazine website:

http://www.acs-mag.com/

 

MY PHOTO OF THE STUNNING “SALA REGIA” (VATICAN, ROME)  FEATURED IN THE OFFICIAL BROCHURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE AWARDED BY POPE FRANCIS

 

CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE SALA REGIA by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

THE IMPRESSIVE “SALA REGIA” PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI IS FEATURED IN THE OFFICIAL BROCHURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE AWARDED BY POPE FRANCIS. THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON 6th MAY, IN THE SAME SALA REGIA, IN VATICAN PALACES (ROME).

 

Pope Francis has been awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The Pope will receive the award on 6th May, in the impressive Sala Regia, in Vatican Palaces, in Rome. One of the photos I took to Sala Regia in 2014 is now featured in the Official Brochure that has been published for the event: the Sala Regia, as the Sala Ducale, aren’t generally open to visitors: they usually host consistories, conferences, papal hearings or special events. It’s a great honour for me : I had the opportunity to visit Sala Regia in the same day I met the Pope for the presentation of “Francesco” (“Francis”), the illustrated and historical biography I wrote about him.

Marcel Philipp, Lord Mayor of Aachen, stated: “We are delighted by the overwhelming response to this year’s recipient of the Charlemagne Prize. Considering the current political situation, it is no easy task to distinguish a personality who supports and promotes the grand European project with commitment, clarity and, at the same time, constructive criticism. The Charlemagne Prize Board of Directors is grateful to His Holiness Pope Francis for agreeing to accept the Charlemagne Prize and, in doing so, for setting an invaluable example for the common goal of all Europeans. We are honoured to present our award to a man who inspires hope, an ambassador of peace and togetherness in a strong Europe, a man whose words carry weight and are listened to attentively by the whole world”.

 The Prize is named for Charlemagne, the Franconian king revered by his contemporaries as the “Father of Europe. A press release by the Prize Committee said that Pope Francis has sent “a message of hope and encouragement” at a time in which “many citizens in Europe are seeking orientation. The Pope is a witness for a community based on values which include a sense of humanity, the protection of resources and dialogue between cultures and religions at a European level. The Committee explains that in “recent years Europe has experienced great weaknesses, crises and setbacks” that have seriously pushed back “all the achievements of the European process of integration.”

To all this Francis opposes a message of hope. Quoting from his discourse to the European Parliament in November 2014, the communiqué says the Pope’s message is a wake-up call for Europe: “The time has come for us to abandon the idea of a Europe which is fearful and self-absorbed… The time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.” The Pope – said Marcel Philipp, the Mayor of Aachen speaking to the press upon the announcement of the Award – is the “voice of conscience” that demands we put people at the center of our concerns, “he is an extraordinary moral authority.”

“PURPLE RAIN”: A VISUAL ART TRIBUTE TO THE PRINCE OF BLACK MUSIC. RIP!

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© Roberto Alborghetti, Lacer/actions, Rome, April 21, 2016

MY VISUAL TRIBUTE TO PRINCE. RIP! I TOOK THIS ABSTRACT PHOTO YESTERDAY, FROM A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER, WALKING ALONG VIA CAVOUR, IN ROME.

24 LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US… WATCH THE VIDEO-PORTFOLIO

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Video-portfolio about 24 Lithographic Prints from Lacer/actions Project by Roberto Alborghetti. The images of the clip aren’t paintings or digitally made works, but macro-photos of the world around us… Fragments of decomposed matters, as torn publicity postes, natural cracks, scratches, corrosions and  decay of urban and industrial matters… Real Art on Street that now has become an interesting and innovative complement of interior design … They are available in exclusive and unique copies. For contacts: ro.alb@alice.it .

Lithographic Prints -Roberto Alborghetti, Lacer/actions, Framed artworks

Lithographic Prints -Roberto Alborghetti, Lacer/actions, Framed artworks