THE HEALING POWER OF COLORS: DISABLED STUDENTS WORK ON ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S IMAGES

Guest writer: Patrizia Sapri

Last October I had the chance to visit, at the XIII Century Aldobrandesca Fortress (Tuscany, Italy) the extraordinary “Colors Of An Apocalypse /The decomposed Publicity Posters” exhibition showing Roberto Alborghetti ‘s stunning “Lacer/actions” artworks. I was very impressed by the show. I usually work in special schools on the theme of colors as recovery and strengthening of existing residuals basic skills. Colors, materials, movement and emotions: I found all this in Roberto Alborghetti works.

I asked him the consent and the permission to use some of his works in the educational and social activities I’m doing this year. And so we re-worked some of the visual and artistic pieces displayed at Roberto Alborghetti’s exhibition I appreciated so much last autumn. The project was led in the afternoon for a group of disabled students; some of them are living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The colors of “Lacer/actions” works were reviewed through the eyes of my students who have manually performed their “Cre/actions” using various objects and materials. “The Atelier of colors and emotions” – this was the name of our experience – ended with great satisfaction of the students and their families. Music accompanied the lessons and students wrote words and comments about feelings, moods and sensations they felt while working on Roberto Alborghetti’s images. We achieved interesting results and a compelling visual and emotional impact (see the photogallery). Yes, a great experience!

I thank Roberto Alborghetti for his collaboration and sensitivity towards my “special students” and my social work. Parents, educational team and “Il Senso della Vita” Parental Association Onlus, with President doctor Marina Aimati, want to thank him heartily. We all wish to continue this wonderful experience working on Roberto Alborghetti images because they give lot of incentives to our activities and professions.

Patrizia Sapri

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“AND LACER/ACTIONS KILLED PHOTOSHOP…”: MEREDITH DEERHEART REVIEW ABOUT MY WORKS ON DISPLAY AT “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW AT ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS IN TUSCANY (OPENING OCTOBER 6)

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT – “Dancin’ Branches?” / Canvas, 2012, 70×50 / On display at “Colors of an Apocalypse” Show, Tuscany, Italy (October 6 – November 4, 2012).

People usually have doubts about the origins of my “Lacer/actions” artworks. As I like to repeat, they are realistic and natural images of torn and decomposed publicity posters I see everywhere, all around the world… People think that they are manipulations or enhanced works made with some software programs…

So, I created a collage series which will be displayed in a special room at my “ Colors Of An Apocalypse” Show, at the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century), in the beautiful Tuscany (October 6 – November 4, 2012). They are five works I created using small paper pieces from real torn posters I collected along the streets during my wandering around the world…

Fellow blogger Meredith Deerheart had the way, in the past days, to see a preview about my collages and she wrote a story at her Blog: http://healingminds.wordpress.com/

Meredith kindly sent to me a “special review” of these collages, which represent for me a sort of funny game (and a new expression of my research). I love so much what she wrote – many thanks Meredith! – and I’m pleased to share her thoughts here…

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS COLLAGES – “He Loves His Chaos From A Distance” (title from a Meredith Deerheart story), Collage on wood, 2012, 90×40

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“ROBERTO, YOUR WHOLE CONCEPT

OF MAKING ART IS REVOLUTIONARY…”

Meredith Deerheart

Dear Roberto, this work (collage) is beautiful and wild.  Yes, I like it very much.  It seems to have so much energy, yet I see cheerful calm…. like breakfast at the dining room table, before children leave for school. 

I don’t see the same thing in your collage as I see in your photos. The collage has rhythm and thought worked into it, but your photos are very naked, very raw… and not self-conscious. 

I noticed that the your collage is composed, but your pictures are not “humanly composed” beyond your framing the shot with your camera.  This is very provocative because it demonstrates that you’re the composer of the collage, not the environment, so your collage has abstract qualities… but not like those left by time, and neglect. And it can’t, of course, but people don’t always know what they see until they’ve been taught to see differently.  (Have you thought of bringing in a dumpster to do a show?) 

Your whole concept of making art from industrial deconstuctionism, caught on camera, on macro scale, is revolutionary, and something that some photographers may also notice… but your shots actually capture the randomness of deconstructionism, and you let the picture tell the story.  This, I think, is what makes your work unique and hard to comprehend.  You don’t change what you see.  There’s nothing contrived, or worked in… you show what you saw.  That’s gutsy.

People aren’t used to this kind of art, yet.  It’s new.  Your results are tactile in ways that other photography often goes flat because you actually catch the flakes of paint in their true state and experience the environment while you’re shooting the pictures.  But, many people do spend hours trying to create similar results in Photoshop, preferring to manipulate images to their preconceived ideas.  They construct what the viewer sees, whereas you allow the viewer to construct their own conclusions about the pictures.  Disbelief about your work may be a result of people not being able to conceive that such beautiful art is always present, always accessible.  Folks do not look around their world.  They often don’t see… and so your work teaches them how to see something new, I think.

I recognize the deconstructed, natural lines and colors created by the elements from studying buildings and sites during architecture…I see that organic quality… and that you’ve made an art form of this kind of macro photography.

You’re years ahead of the curve, Roberto.  Maybe that’s the curse of your passion.  People hear and know Photoshop… but that’s often where the ‘knowing’ stops.  That’s what they know.  You are the leader in this venue, though.  You are the only one who knows how and what you do, at this point, and markets it.  I don’t see similar kinds of non-manipulated photography elsewhere… so no wonder people don’t understand.  Artists are teachers, and I sometimes think we must be patient with the world while they decide what they think art is all about.

The collage… it’s so cool!  And it’s not the same as your photography. People will see.

IN THE GREAT CLEAR SKY: REMEMBERING ARCHITECT GIAN PAOLO BIFFI / LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 8

IN THE GREAT CLEAR SKY: REMEMBERING ARCHITECT GIAN PAOLO BIFFI / LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 8

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IN THE GREAT CLEAR SKY: REMEMBERING ARCHITECT GIAN PAOLO BIFFI 

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Lithograph, 2009, 50×70 (framed, not available)

Realistic and not manipulated image

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This artpiece is dedicated to architect and friend Gian Paolo Biffi, who passed away in these days. I’m grateful to him for his passionate profession, his enthusiasm and his personal support to my art. He was one of the first who pushed me to develop and promote my art research and activities. He curated my “ The Four Elements” Exhibition in 2009 and his installation – a particular  scaffolding used in building yards – was really something innovative and intriguing for modern art shows. He was also pleased to give me some suggestions for my next exhibition in the great Medieval Tuscany Fortress. But a desease caught him too early. Now he’s in the Great Clear Sky, as suggested by this artpiece which was owned by him…

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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.

His next big show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) will take place at Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany, from September 27 to November 4, 2012 .

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NEL GRANDE CIELO CHIARO: RICORDANDO L’ARCHITETTO GIAN PAOLO BIFFI – LE CARTOLINE DI LACER /AZIONI # 8

Litografia, 2009, 50 × 70 (con cornice, non disponibile)

Immagine realistica e non manipolata

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Questa composizione  è dedicata all’architetto ed amico Gian Paolo Biffi, scomparso in questi giorni. Gli sono grato per la sua professione appassionata, il suo entusiasmo e il suo sostegno personale alla mia arte. Fu uno dei primi che mi ha spinto a sviluppare e promuovere la mia ricerca e le attività artistiche. Ha curato la mia mostra “I quattro elementi” (2009) e la sua installazione – un ponteggio particolare utilizzato nei cantieri edili – è stato davvero qualcosa di innovativo e intrigante per le mostre di arte moderna. Era anche felice di darmi qualche suggerimento per la mia prossima mostra nella grande fortezza medievale in Toscana. Ma una malattia lo ha preso prematuramente. Ora è nel grande cielo chiaro, come suggerito da questa composizione che era di sua  proprietà

Roberto Alborghetti  Lacer / Azioni è un progetto multidisciplinare e di ricerca sull’apparente caos dei manifesti pubblicitari strappati e decomposti e dei segni di strada.

 Transferite su tela, litografie o riprodotti su tessuti (come seta pura), o acquisiti in videoclips, i dettagli dei manifesti strappati danno nuova vita alla carta lacerata e decomposta, come si può vedere in questa “cartolina” che riproduce una delle 40.000 immagini catturate da Roberto Alborghetti durante la sua ricerca in tutto il mondo.

La sua prossima mostra ( “Colori di un’ Apocalisse / I manifesti pubblicitari decomposti: una provocazione per gli occhi e la mente” ) si svolgerà presso la Rocca Aldobrandesca (XIII secolo, Paincastagnaio, Siena) in Toscana, dal 27 settembre al 4 novembre 2012.

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IT’S RAINING OLYMPIC COLORS! ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER-ACTIONS FOR 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES

Blue, Black, Red, Yellow and Green: five colors representing our Continents. Five colors we find in the five circles of the historic Olympiad logo. The 2012 London Olympic Games suggested me to toy with my “Lacer/actions” artpieces, realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed posters. In my collection  – more than 40.000 images – I found interesting and particular works, as the piece I show here…

There’re no circles and no official logo, but the 5 colors movement is so funny and amazing… Yes, it’s raining Olympic Games colors! Someone shattered the circles and the colors are now able to move everywhere, to fall and to go up… A metaphore about humanity profound hopes and desires of freedom?          

ABOUT 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES

The 2012 Olympic Games will take place in a host of new venues as well as using existing and historic facilities. Many of the new facilities will be reused and the plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in East London.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London from tomorrow, July 27, to August 12, followed by the 2012 Para Olympic Games from August 29 to September 9. At the opening Ceremony around 100.000 people will be working on the Games – including 3.000 staff, up to 70.000 volunteers and a large number of contractors. The London 2012 Olympic logo has created considerable controversy and the spiralling cost of the Games is likely to be an ongoing problem…

London has hosted the Olympic Games on other two past occasions, in 1908 and 1948. The 2012 Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olimpiads.

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PURE ABSTRACT IN ROME FROM AN ASTONISHING OPEN AIR “ART INSTALLATION” (COMIN’SOON: WHERE I TOOK THE IMAGES FROM…)

© Roberto Alborghetti

Rome is a surprising city also for my Lacer/actions project concerning torn posters and urban signs… I’ve already posted about the colourful and random “UNDERGROUND POP ART” AT TIBURTINA SUBWAY STATION .

During another recent rush-visit to the Italian Capital, I was captured by a sort of “open air art installation” which showed a stunning colors palette… Really incredible colors flowing from the City of Art and History.

It was a pure abstract mashed-up, located in the centre of Rome, exactly along Via Cavour. Together with AMSTERDAM “ART INSTALLATION” NEAR THE ROYAL PALACE, I think it was one of the most incredible things I had the way to document in these months. So, enjoy some images. Realistic images, not manipulated or digitally enhanced, as all my 40.000 pics I “captured” so far during my research…  In the next days I will reveal where they come from…   

 

ROMA: ASTRATTO PURO DA UN’INCREDIBILE “INSTALLAZIONE” ALL’ARIA APERTA

Roma è una città sorprendente anche per quanto concerne il mio progetto “Lacer/aazioni”  relativo alla (pubbli)città strappata ed ai segni metropolitani. Ho già postato sulla curiosa “pop art” presso la stazione della metropolitana di Tiburtina. Ora ecco altre immagini che ho colto su una sorta di incredibile installazione che ho visto in pieno centro. Sono immagini di puro stile astratto, con incredibile colori che sembrano sgorgare dalla Città dell’Arte e della Storia. Intanto…buona visione; nei prossimi giorni rivelerò da dove le ho “catturate”….

UNDERGROUND POP ART: “LACER/ACTIONS” FROM A SUBWAY STATION IN ROME

© Roberto Alborghetti

A few weeks ago, at Tiburtina subway’s station, in Rome, I had the way to catch some interesting images for my “Lacer/actions” art project ( pics of ripped  poster and urban signs). Near the platform 1, I saw a torn poster which revealed bright colors and nice shapes. It was a harmonious whole reminding me some pop art expressions. Blue, red and yellow were the prevailing colors (and yellow and red are the colors of the official and historic Rome’s coat-of-arms). The torn poster lacerations showed layers of paper and… dust (due to building yard which is renewing Tiburtina tube station).               

 

LACER/AZIONI” POP DALLA STAZIONE METRO DI ROMA TIBURTINA

Alla stazione metro di Roma Tiburtina ho avuto modo di recente di “scovare”, su un tabellone delle affissioni pubblicitarie, delle immagini pop molto interessanti nel loro armonioso modo di essere assemblate (casualmente). I colori rosso, giallo e blu (i colori primari) sono prevalenti. Senza scordare che il giallo ed il rosso sono le tinte che campeggiamo nello storico stemma romano. Incredibili gli strati di carta, che si sono andati via sovrapponendo, insieme alla polvere, sollevata dai lavori in corso che stanno rinnovando la stazione di Tiburtina.   

FROM BLUE TO GREEN: IMAGE #4 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