© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions, 2016
© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions, 2016
Renèe LaVerne Rose interviewed by Roberto Alborghetti
From visual arts to “ACS” art magazine. From beautiful canvases to a great media company which is promoting arts, artists, cultures and creativity. Everywhere. Renée LaVerné Rose was born in Chicago (USA) and raised in the Southside neighborhood Morgan Park, where grandparents and extended family resided. As a child her parents exposed her to a multitude of arts/cultural experiences which feed curious nature. As a young adult, Renée grew to relish exploring the world and take in every exotic cultural experience presented to her. She describes herself as a “renaissance woman” from continuing to expand her knowledge of arts and culture (Ms. Rose had a successful career in Government Relations, Public Policy and Government Administration).
I knew her through the world wide web (Facebook and Linkedin) and last September she asked me to write an article about “Hopes project” that I created with Mitrani Yarden. She wanted to publish it on her “ACS” magazine. She was really interested and engaged in what we were doing, from Italy to the world. And the adventure (and my collaboration) began… Now it’s my turn to interview her and to know something more about her life, her attitudes, her dreams and her personality. Along the interview, Renèe reveals herself. She talks about art, media, creativity, artists and plans. She speaks about her dearest father (Emil Jones Jr., former Illinois Senate President) and about… the home screen on her desktop computer. And about Peter Pan too…
First when I read this question I just burst out into laughter. Why? The question just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and laugh. Okay I’ll be honest about why I’m laughing so hard! There is a local commercial on TV where Peter Pan is going back to his high school reunion and everyone at the high school reunion are now in their early 70s (I’m trying to stop laughing). When Peter Pan enters into the reunion party, the camera pans across the room to show three former classmates be grudgingly and glancing at Peter Pan with disdain (I’m so sorry but I’m laughing again) And then Peter Pan goes over to greet his old classmates and says to the lady in the group “you don’t look a day over 70”. The classmates groan and moan as roll their eyes to the back of their heads. The commercial ends with the Peter Pan flying in the air, singing along with the reunion party band “You make me feel so young.” LOL!
So when I saw the name Peter Pan and in this question I immediately broke out into uncontrollable laughter and thought about this crazy commercial. So your question is actually really relaxed me because, believe it or not, I’m shy and I don’t always like talking about myself. Yes, I like to giving interviews but I‘m shy about being interviewed Ironic! However, I love to laugh so it put me in the right frame of mind. Then I thought what ingenious way to break the ice, really get the person you’re interviewing to open up and a neat way to reveal a little piece of that person’s soul. Well I really had to think about the question to give a good answer because it’s been a long time since I read any of these fairy tales. Mmmm! So what really vividly stood out in my mind?
Well I’ve chose to talk about Peter Pan (with a straight face and no giggling Renée). Of all the three actually Peter Pan is the most inspirational for me because he rose to be a leader, fought for what he believed in and created a community (his gang) to move forward with his agenda. Ultimately thing I love about this story is through his conquest and strong inner spirit Peter Pan discovered the fountain of youth or better still immortality. Like a visual artist when you’re passionate about your work you can experience an euphoric feeling, a feeling of bliss, time escapes you and you can slip into this timeless zone where you feel immortal.
My childhood dream and desire was to become a doctor, specifically a neurosurgeon. I passionately followed my desire throughout high school and with excellent GPA was still considering it in undergraduate school. However, I before completing my undergraduate degree I changed my major and I began to explore a completely different journey in life. I know that that’s what happens when you’re really living life rather than trying to control life. In 2008 in the midst of a successful career I decided to switch midstream and become a visual artist. Trusting myself this process led to this period of my life now as a publisher and editor-in-chief of my magazine. Being open to new experiences and opportunities while harnessing my wealth of experience led to this wonderful new journey. At this stage in my life I’ve learned to let the universe guide me rather than me insisting on taking one narrow path. So now I have arrived at this destination and I’m enjoying every moment of it.
My entry into the art world was of a traditional path. But come to think of it nothing about my professional career has ever taking the traditional path; I always seem to be to my own drummer.
My entry was a wonderful way of expressing my inner voice yet as soon as I entered into the art world I was immediately drawn to the business side of the art world. When I told my friends I was going to become a visible artists and quit my thriving consulting business. I was met with a bit of skepticism. As I reflect back on life I’m never really been one to listen to other people about what I should do. I’ve always trusted my inner way to the in guide me in the right direction even when the experience unpleasant it still hasn’t been a learning experience. As I reflect back on my life I would do it all over again exactly the same to be sage person I am.
I didn’t plan on creating Art & Cultural Strategies, Inc. it was pleasantly unexpected and the process is still revealing itself. I started the original company which has now emerged into a family of companies (ACS Magazine, ACS Gallery and ACS Consulting Services). What I do know is I was very certain about wanting to combine my wealth of experience with these creative concepts that were swarming around in my head every day. I was confident I could transition my expertise into a thriving art business because as I indulged more into the art world I felt the timing for my business was right.
Like everything I’ve excelled at in the last fifteen years and all the unsuccessful outcomes I have gained wisdon from I always following my muse, continually do a reality check to be certain that I am not fixated on any particular path to propell me forward, I always remain flexible to the opportunities that are present themselves, and adapt strategy in accordance with the valuable resources available.
There are a multitude of individuals, experiences and books that combined have been extremely influential in my professional career. However, undoubtedly the most significant impact for my professional career, and personal enhancement has been my father. My father (Emil Jones Jr) is a self-made man who was raised in a working-class family only to successful reach become a prominent elected official as the former Illinois Senate President for the State Legislators and mentor to then a younger version of President Barack Obama.
Even though women have made strides in the business world we are still a long way off to achieve true equity. So, the wealth of knowledge derived from my father’s guidance and my observations of him brokering business collaborative partnerships gave me the ingredients to armor myself with invaluable strategies in the political/business arenas. A person attended college and achieve multiple credentials yet what really matters in the business world is how you apply that knowledge. I was extremely fortunate to learn the tricks of the trade and how to apply that information to propel myself towards successful outcomes.
Fostering collaborative partnerships has been the foundation of my career. Usually depending on the time in the season of my life my collaborative partners are naturally drawn into my path. It’s the law of attraction for me like-minded people will gather. For any given entrepreneur comes the I conceive when it’s time for implementation the right collaborative partners will appear. None of that particular about will I work closely with. The people have to have the right synergy for me to be working with them on a daily basis. Part of the selection process is finding partners professional expertise that cover my business weaknesses.
The name of the game isn’t too reproduced myself but create greater potential for the project. I personally want collaborative partners that think out-of-the-box, challenge me professionally, and who are committed to the partnership through the challenging creative process. Creativity for me has a multitude of meanings. Therefore, depending on the particular project goals or professional preferences determines the priority for the creation process.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of interviewing and meeting so many interesting people with fascinating careers plus their challenges and tribulations it takes them to reach their personal goals. It’s really thrilling to establish a rapport with individuals being interview to find out what really makes them tick and to discover their creative genius. The whole interview process has given me a deeper appreciation of the artistic creative process, arts/culture in general and the utmost respect for the journalism profession.
Even though I am a visual artist, I’ve grown to have an even greater appreciation for the courage it takes for artists to share their thoughts/concepts and display they to be naked before the world. That’s awesome! Being open and completely honest takes integrity, an inner strength of knowing who you are and being comfortable with yourself despite what others think.
Being artistically inclined and having the will to expose your thoughts to the public is a noble. The artistic process is extremely beneficial to improving the quality of life for others. There are so many creative minds with fascinating stories to share. I am honored when artists give me the opportunity to be the vehicle to present their story to the world.
By the time I have finished editing an issue I start to feel the urge to get started on the next. Having the need to collaborate with other human beings in this manner is a rewarding experience.
I haven’t been creating artistically for a while now have started my business. However, I definitely intend to slowly get back into the artistic process. What I promise my audience grew by artistic process is I will always be true to my heart and capture on canvas what moves me. What drives me is capturing audiences’ mind and hearts. As I am painting new works the questions that dance through my mind is “Can I seduce the audience into losing themselves into the work and being open without judgment to what is revealed. I often want my words to improve the quality of the life.
Having the ability to express yourself in any professional format is a valuable asset. The artist who has the ability to communicate effectively with their audience effectively conveys their interpretation of the art and controls their branding message.
Even though my digital magazine covers the arts/cultural world the aesthetics or graphic design is catchy and very pleasing to the eye; however, what is imperative is the message that is being delivered this digital media. The ACS Magazine the practice is being the vehicle to explode those artistic, creative entrepreneurial and human stories with the general public. So publishing ACS Magazine is creating the right combination of aesthetics and content for each issue.
I think the determination of which artistic works are considered authentic art is determined by the viewer. Arts and culture are one and the same for me. What is pleasing to the eye for person in Nairobi may be completely opposite will person rooming the Siberian tundra. That’s what makes the arts so welcoming and universally pleasing; what deserves or does not deserve to be considered art is subjective. However, I will interject there is fundamentally something misguided in the institutional structure of the art world where the 1% at the top dictate what is the latest trends in the art world. That will only change once the general public is reinvigorated ultimately becoming more engaged with the art world. The laypersons personal choice will drive the art market and that is how it should be. Not some billionaire sitting on their perch determining this is the latest trend for 2017! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
My decision to publish ACS magazine was derived from having the desire to increase exposure of the globally diverse arts/culture in the world. For each issue I publish I’m changing the conversation internationally regarding the arts and culture.
It should be a given that the emerging artists must harness their intuitive artistic talents to hone their skills. Each time artists presents their work to the general public they in opportunity is presented for them to present their brand. The artist success should be determined on their personal goals not by what is latest trend in the art world. Finding your voice is everything to your success artistically. The artist needs to understand that they are a creative entrepreneur and should approach their artistic practice as such. To excel at the business of art it’s imperative that artists acquire the necessary professional career development skills to gain a competitive edge and reach positive results. Developing an artist career or any profession career takes repetitive practice, the great nurturing, and patience.
I love the array of hues that occur in nature. In 2008 when I initially started as a visible artist it was as if I were blind and I opened my eyes for the first time. All the colors that surrounded me in nature were much more vivid; it was like I was seeing everything in HD for the first time. This personal artistic awakening is the litmus that determined my artistic path for wanting to include vivid color in my works. I can’t say I have a favorite color because to be honest I love the whole spectrum of colors that naturally occur in nature. Nature is so brilliant because to try to reproduce those colors that occur naturally is a feat in itself.
That’s an interesting question. Let’s start with my desktop computer. I don’t have any special home screen on my desktop computer. On my desktop computer is one of the Microsoft screen savers that shows the Microsoft Windows logo. Real original ha! Now for IPAD, I have a screen saver that shows the stars and the top of a mountain top. Very peaceful and calm. And finally on my cell phone the lock screen is my favorite photograph of myself.
© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI
© RENÈE LAVERNE ROSE
ABOUT RENÈE LAVERNE ROSE
This is the Volcano Dress, presented for the first time in Tuscany (Mount Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena) on October 25, during the events for the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus” short film produced by Roberto Alborghetti with Bartons PLC and ACT Group.
The picture is a special preview from the forthcoming Video and Booklet : “The Princess, The Fire and the Castle”. The Volcano Dress is an HotCouture Creation by Mitrani Yarden based on the original picture by Roberto Alborghetti (Lacer/actions) from “The Ghost Bus” project.
Fotoshooting and Videofilming by Roberto Alborghetti with Mitrani Yarden. Soundtrack: Eylon Malhi. Top Model: Ginevra Bertolani, Casting Agency, Firenze. Sculptures by Paolo Borghi. Hair Style and Makeup: Natalia Scalacci, Free Style, Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena).
The wonderful location is Rocca Aldobrandesca, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany. Many thanks for the collaboration to Piancastagnaio Municipality, to the Major Luigi Vagaggini, to Samuele Bechini, to Nicola Cirocco (Osa Onlus), Marysia Zipser (ACT Group, Beeston) and Patrizia Sapri.
Videoclip in HD, High Definition (to watch it, click on 720 p HD on the tool bar of Animoto window) about the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus”, project by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, Bartons PLC, ACT GROUP. After the successful events of March 2015 in Nottingham ( UK ), the short film premiere will take place on October 24-25 in Tuscany, on Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, in collaboration with OSA Onlus and the Municipality of Piancastagnaio ( Siena ).
A party from UK, promoted by ACT Group, Marysia Zipser and Corymbus Tour Operator will join the events. For the occasion, Roberto Alborghetti and fashion designer and artist Mitrani Yarden will present a new project (HOPES) for art, fashion and design, with a great creation of haute couture inspired by “The Ghost Bus” short film.
“Can you believe that this art is from an old bus ?”. Soundtrack: J.S. Bach, from Toccata in D minor ( J.Brown ).
Artist Eylon Malhi (he lives in Tel Aviv, Israel) composed, performed, edited and produced «Sneaking Flute» soundtrack for the « Flower’s stem » video by Mitrani Yarden and Roberto Alborghetti. We have asked him to tell something about his experience in the music.
By EYLON MALHI
I am a musician, composer a musical producer and sound artist. I started to play on piano since 5 years old classic music and at 10 years old I decided to pass playing guitar.
I passed most of my life as a guitarist. I am usually playing blues and rock and when I was 17 years old I started to play flamenco.
When I arrived to play in a higher levels of quality in my speciality in the style of flamenco I found myself developing techniques of the rumba style. Two years later I started to play bossa-nova and samba.
At the age of 19 I have opened a recording studio in Tel-Aviv and had been closed one year after. In the second part of that year I have started to work as a composer in an electronic music band called “Triplett”.
With “Triplett” group we had arrived to amazing and respected places around the world and also collaborating with the top electronic musicians all around the globe.
In the age of 20 I have started to performed all around Tel-Aviv city with songs I had composed and written from my first album which is still not finish and published.
I have gathered wonderful and amazing comments around the whole city and I played with the most talented and best musicians all over Israel.
Today I am 22 years old and I am taking one step higher all everything I know and all my knowledge, passion, love and my creativity. I’m starting to open my wings in everything which connected and take part about composing, producing, editing, writing, music and sound. The small process I passed from 5 years old until today had brought me the best tools I need to open my wings and fly…
Today I am sitting in a new studio at my home in Tel-Aviv coming and improving day by day in the business of voice designing,sound and creativity.
“The stars of the sky fell to the earth, like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when it is shaken by a great wind”.
“Le stelle del cielo caddero sulla terra, come i fichi cadono dall’albero, quando è colpito da vento impetuoso”.
2011, Tela / Canvas/ Mixed media
This is not a painting or a digitally made picture, but an abstract photo of a torn and decomposed publicity poster
My upcoming solo exhibition – “Colors Of An Apocalypse 2015″ – will take place in the amazing Romanesque Baptistery on Lake Como, Italy. My show is scheduled for 3 days, on July 3-4-5, in the beautiful Lenno town, in the historical center – 50 meters from the lake shore! – where we admire one of the most stunning examples of Romanesque art in Northen Italy.
The Baptistery is dedicated to St. John (The Baptist) and built in the 11th Century. Its octagonal structure looks incredibly simple and essential: we see a squared bell tower and an apse pointed to north. The vault, the portal with three archs, fragments of medieval frescos and a baroque pictorial cycle are other interesting elements of the temple.
The octagonal Baptistery and its enchanting structure will give strenght and evocative power to my exhibition which will show 25 works from my “Lacer/actions” project. Each artwork will be introduced by a phrase from “The Apocalypse of John”. Images and words to suggest a trip through hopes and tragedies of human life and beings.