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.


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…  


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“In the universe heart, the light brings out two particularly intense colors: red and blue”.


 The beautiful mosaic dedicated to Nativity and Moses salvation – at Spirituality Center of Suore Adoratrici in Lenno (Como Lake, Italy) – is a wonderful synthesis and expression of Rupnik, who on several occasions pointed out the significance of his artistic activities, focused on the Light and based on the Light research. Marko Rupnik says: “The world is understood only in light. Things, objects, nature and man himself are only understood in the light. According to the Creator and His Wisdom, the truth is the light of the world and all that exists. But man can not look at the light. It would be too much! The source of light is behind and beyond. Here are the colors. The experience of light is the colors festival!”

Yes, the colors. Marko Rupnik says: “When matter exudes light, it tinges with color. The colors testify the world soul. Things are alive and the universe has its own heart. The color is the flesh of the world. The color is related to the universe matter. The universe is colorful. In a certain sense, it is the color. But is the light that makes us seeing it. The color and the light: they are an indivisible unity.”


Rupnik says: “I learned that black is a color that highlights the red and blue … Death entered the world through the envy. Waiting for the morning light, during long nights, I’ve learned that persons are doing bad only because of envy. But I realized that I should be focused on red and blue colors… In the universe heart, the light brings out two particularly intense colors: red and blue. The Christians of the first millennium recognized the divine in the red color and the human in the blue. The red and blue are the unshakable foundation of the colors harmony. Getting to maturity and finding our own identity means to find in ourselves the red and blue harmony”.


On the relationship between artist and stone, Rupnik said: “When we cut a stone, we must hear it, we must be tuned in it, avoiding to go down with force and imposing our will. An artwork is borning from a dialogue in which the artist collaborates with matter in a mutual help bringing out to light the deepest meaning. Imposing our will makes a bad service to art and deceives us in life. In the mosaic, the spaces between the figures should be treated with equal attention and creative force as the figures themselves. The figures are like words, they are such as speeches. The spaces role is creating the right condition by which we can take up these words. The eye glides over the stones colors and movements; so we may hear a beauty echo in the soul. And only the beauty – because love is realized – is capable to create the right attitude to listen and understand. “

I remained speechless – as other visitors – admiring the Marko Rupnik ‘s mosaic created in Lenno, on Como Lake. A masterpiece of light, color, mistery.

Roberto Alborghetti

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Marko Ivan Rupnik was born November 28, 1954 in Zadlog, Slovenia near Idrija. He is the fourth child, after three sisters. He studied philosophy in Ljubljana and then, in 1977, enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome followed. He was ordained a priest in 1985. In 1991 he earned a doctorate. Since September of 1991 he has lived and worked in Rome at the Centro Aletti, of which he is the director. He teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Saint Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, and gives seminars and lectures at numerous other European academic institutions. In February 2000 he received the “France Preseren” Award, the Slovenian Republic’s highest recognition for contributions to the cultural patrimony. In 2002 he was decorated with the honor “Sign of honor of the freedom of the Slovenian Republic”, conferred on him by the president of the republic. In 2003 he received the international “Beato Angelico” prize for Europe. Besides many collective exhibits he has presented his works in personal exhibits among which those in Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy; Baltimore, Maryland USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Czech Republic; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Cluj, Romania. He created lot of artworks in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Syria, USA, Spain.



Il mosaico di Lenno – presso il Centro di Spiritualità delle Suore Adoratrici a Lenno (Como) – è una mirabile sintesi ed espressione dell’artista slavo Rupnik, che in più occasione ha ricordato il significato della sua attività artistica, incentrata sulla Luce e sulla ricerca della Luce. Dice Marko Rupnik: “Il mondo si capisce solo nella luce. Le cose, gli oggetti, la natura e l’uomo stesso si capiscono solo sullo sfondo della luce. Anzi, alla luce. Secondo il Creatore e la sua Sapienza, è la luce la verità del mondo e di tutto ciò che esiste. Ma l’uomo non può guardare la luce. Sarebbe troppo. La fonte della luce rimane dietro, al di là. Qui ci sono i colori. L’esperienza della luce è la festa dei colori.”

E sui colori: “Quando la materia trasuda di luce, si tinge di colori. I colori testimoniano l’anima del mondo. La materia ha una sua volontà. Il mondo ha una propria anima. Le cose sono vive e l’universo ha il suo cuore. Il colore è la carne del mondo. Il colore è legato alla materia dell’universo. Il creato è colorato. Anzi, in un certo senso, è colore. Ma è la luce che ce lo fa vedere. Il colore e la luce, un’unità inscindibile.”

 Dice ancora Rupnik: “Ho imparato che il nero è un colore che evidenzia il rosso e il blu… La morte è entrata nel mondo per l’invidia. Aspettando il chiarore del mattino, attraverso lunghe notti, ho costatato alla luce che tanti si agitano, anche sotto l’apparenza del bene, muovendo il male solo a motivo dell’invidia. Ma ho capito che conviene essere concentrati sul rosso e sul blu… Nel cuore dell’universo, la luce evidenzia due colori particolarmente intensi: il rosso e il blu. I cristiani del primo millennio riconoscevano nel rosso il divino e nel blu l’umano. Il rosso e il blu sono il fondamento incrollabile dell’armonia dei colori. Arrivare alla maturità e scoprire la propria identità significa trovare in sé l’armonia del rosso-blu.”

Sul rapporto tra artista e pietra, dice Rupnik: “Per tagliare una pietra, bisogna sentirla, bisogna tenerne conto e non andare giù con forza, semplicemente imponendo la nostra volontà. Un’opera d’arte nasce da un dialogo, dove l’artista collabora con la materia in un aiuto reciproco per farne uscire alla luce il senso profondo. L’affermazione della propria volontà rende un brutto servizio all’arte e ci inganna nella vita. Nel mosaico, gli spazi tra le figure vanno curati con altrettanta attenzione e forza creativa che le figure stesse. Le figure sono come le parole, come i discorsi. Il compito degli spazi tra di loro è allora creare quello stato necessario nel cuore affinché siamo in grado di accogliere queste parole. Lo sguardo scivola sui colori, sui movimenti, sulle pietre, e nell’anima nasce un’eco di bellezza. E la bellezza, proprio perché è l’amore realizzato, è forse l’unica capace di creare l’atteggiamento giusto per sentire e comprendere.”

Anch’io rimango senza parole davanti al capolavoro che Marko Rupnik ha realizzato a Lenno, sul Lago di Como. Capolavoro di luce, di colori, di creatività.

Roberto Alborghetti

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