EIGHT MACRO PICTURES FOR THE #EarthDay2019 (TODAY, APRIL 22)

© Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti

Today, April 22, the world celebrates the Earth Day 2019, #EarthDay2019. I wanted to dedicate eight of my most recent images from reality, from the surrounding world, to this important day. They are part of my “Lacer/actions” project, which investigates the world of decomposition of natural elements and urban life, which appears to us from another point of view.

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

As 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders asked Denis Hayes to organize another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It also prompted President Bill Clinton to award Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1995)—the highest honor given to civilians in the United States—for his role as Earth Day founder.

Meet the organizers of the very first Earth Day.

As the millennium approached, Hayes agreed to spearhead another campaign, this time focused on global warming and a push for clean energy. With 5,000 environmental groups in a record 184 countries reaching out to hundreds of millions of people, Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. Earth Day 2000 used the power of the Internet to organize activists, but also featured a drum chain that traveled from village to village in Gabon, Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC for a First Amendment Rally. Earth Day 2000 sent world leaders the loud and clear message that citizens around the world wanted quick and decisive action on global warming and clean energy.

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“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, like these 8 pictures in gif (I’ve collected so far more than 100.000 photos…). 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, corrosions and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decompositions.

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© Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti

“COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE”: THE OFFICIAL FLYER OF MY NEXT SOLO SHOW ON LAKE COMO (ITALY)

COLORI DI UN'APOCALISSE - COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015

COLORI DI UN’APOCALISSE – COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015

The Official Flyer of my next solo exhibition – “Colors Of An Apocalypse″ – taking place in an amazing Romanesque temple, on Lake Como, Italy. My show is exceptionally scheduled for 3 days, on July 3-4-5, 2015, 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: St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a really beautiful setting for my upcoming show. The image-symbol of the show is a limited-edition silk scarf created for my “Lacer/actions” project with the collaboration of Italian textile designer Bruno Boggia. As you see in the flyer, the silk scarf looks like a dove…It’s a sign of hope, because I think Apocalypse Book in itself is a story of hope…    

“THE GHOST BUS” / THIS IS THE CARD #9… HOP ON BOARD AND ENJOY THE RIDE!

CARD # 9

I’m glad to share work #9 of the Cards Series from “The Ghost Bus” project, a visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood. “Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?”… The films will be premiered on March 27, 2015, at 6,30 pm, at Bartons Plc, 61 High Road, Chilwell-Nottingham, UK.

The event will be promoted by Bartons Plc and his owner Simon Barton and ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and its founder Marysia Zipser.  I’ve created a limited-edition special poster (showing 9 images from the films) and a special cards series reproducing 16 artworks.

The Ghost Bus project is travelling around the www now over the next weeks collecting admirers along the way, and culminating in the special films premiere & social gathering at Bartons Plc (March, 27, from 6,30 pm). So, hop on board and enjoy the ride!

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Here more infos about the project:

 THE GHOST BUS / ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WEBSITE

THE GHOST BUS / BARTONS PLC WEBSITE

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For further informations, please contact:

 

Marysia Zipser, founder ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and arts/heritage tourism promoter, email:  marysiazipser@hotmail.co.uk  

 

Simon Barton, Bartons Plc,  email:  info@bartonsplc.co.uk

 

SCENES FROM A CHINESE SHADOWS PLAY? NO, THEY’RE JUST MAGNIFICATIONS OF SCRATCHES ON A WASTEBIN IN BEESTON NOTTINGHAM (UK)…  

 

 

The pictures featured in this photo-gallery aren’t paintings (oils, acrylics, watercolors or digital works), but just natural, random and not manipulated images of the amazing imperfection of the real world we see around us. I saw these scratches on a wastebin during my recent visit in Beeston, Nottingham (UK), the land of Robin Hood. They remind me sceneries from a Chinese Shadows play… R.A.      

 

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Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of torn and decomposed outdoor advertisings, natural cracks, scratches and urban/industrial tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this photo-gallery showing some works from the collection of about 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

A Roberto Alborghetti Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013. His recent 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, 2013 and 2014 ), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). Roberto Alborghetti 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.

“THE NEXT APOCALYPSE”: MY COLLAGE-WORK FOR “ART TOPPLING TOBACCO”

Roberto Alborghetti - “The Next Apocalypse: no Heaven or Hell, only Smoking or Non-Smoking”; Collage made with 150 small pieces of waste-paper of decomposed publicity posters; sizes: 47x47 - 2013.

Roberto Alborghetti – “The Next Apocalypse: no Heaven or Hell, only Smoking or Non-Smoking”;
Collage made with 150 small pieces of waste-paper of decomposed publicity posters; sizes: 47×47 – 2013.

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“The Next Apocalypse: no Heaven or Hell, only Smoking or Non-Smoking”;

Collage made with 150 small pieces of waste-paper of torn and decomposed publicity posters;

Sizes: 47×47 cms.; 2013.

This work takes part to “Art Toppling Tobacco”  

http://www.arttopplingtobacco.com.au/

 

Tobacco lacerates (and detroys) our lives. I wanted to express this concept working on lacerated and destroyed waste-paper from torn and decomposed publicity posters I usually find along the streets. So, for my “Lacer/actions” project, I’ve created this collage using about 150 little paper pieces of worn-out and ripped outdoor advertisings. De-struction (and de-construction) to communicate how those dark and disqueting clouds of smoke intoxicate and ruin body and soul, degenerating cerebral system. I worked on an abstract scene coming from exhausted materials to say that smoke, ash and tar are here with us… The next apocalypse: no heaven or hell, only smoking or non-smoking.

This work has been admitted to “Art Toppling Tobacco” project and competition created in Australia by Fay Thomson (browse the web site  http://www.arttopplingtobacco.com.au/ : Submissions 2013, category “Other” and click to the end).

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Il fumo lacera e distrugge le nostre vite. Ho voluto esprimere questo concetto lavorando, come mi è solito, sulla carta straccia dei manifesti pubblicitari decomposti visibili lungo le strade. Ho creato questo collage, per il mio progetto “Lacer/azioni”, utilizzando circa 150 pezzetti di carta stracciata. Il linguaggio di un materiale distrutto e de-strutturato per comunicare, in un’immagine astratta, come l’uso del tabacco intossichi corpo ed anima. Fumo, cenere e catrame: la prossima apocalisse…

“CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS” PROJECT / A SPECIAL PAGE: SLIDESHOW, ALBUM, VIDEO AND A GREAT PORTRAIT (1631)

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One of the 27 installations-artworks of “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” Project. This is the English translation of the original script by Thomas From Bergamo (1563-1631): “The Loving Soul, wounded in Love, loves in Every Times and Everywhere…” Work and Concept by Roberto Alborghetti – 2013

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CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS: A SPECIAL PAGE ON THE PROJECT

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“Contemplations and Lacer/actions” is a visual project which includes a virtual gallery, a video, an album and installations. It is based on 27 scripts by Thomas From Bergamo (or From Olera) who lived from 1563 to 1631 in Tyrol area (Austria and Italy). All the scripts were taken from the most important works of Thomas, as his masterpiece “Fuoco d’Amore”, “Fire of Love” (the first issue was printed in 1682 in Aufsburg, Germany).

Thomas was a peace ambassador and messenger between European Nations in troubled and turbulent times. He was an illiterate man – he was a shepherd! – but its open heart, mind and spirit suggested him to write really stunning poems, stories and thoughts.

While I was writing his biography – (“Thomas From Bergamo: A Fire of Love along European Streets”) published in Italy last June – I was really struck by his Scripts… So, the idea of this project. I think the visionary power of  Thomas Scripts fits so well with my works. As I like to say, my works are not paintings, and even graphic design created by computer, but absolutely realistic images, captured from reality, along the streets, during my research-survey on torn and decomposed publicity posters and about “signs” and “cracks” in urban environments…

Thomas From Bergamo Scripts were written along the streets, contemplating the World and its Beauties… My images comes from the streets as well as… This is the meeting point of this project. The Street, with its Lifes, Hopes, Colors and Moods.

About Thomas: I invite you to admire his great and touching portrait. It was painted in 1631 by artist Martin Theophile Polak (or Martin Teofilowicz). Polak was one the most popular Tyrolese painter between XVI and XVII Century. He also worked at Hapsburg Court. The archduke Leopold sent him to Innsbruck to portray the dying Thomas (May 3, 1631). I think Polak painted one of his masterpieces. He was so able to impress and to imprint on canvas the stately mildness and the inner light of a great man.       

R.A.

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CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS: A SPECIAL PAGE ON THE PROJECT

AUTISTIC KIDS RE-CREATE ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORKS FOLLOWING THE MESSAGE OF TEMPLE GRANDIN / A SHOW IN ITALY FROM JUNE 3

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

“AUTISTIC CHILDREN SEE

WHAT HUMAN BEINGS CAN’T SEE”

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GUEST WRITER: STEFANO ALBERTI

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There’s a great expectation in Aprilia (near Rome, Italy) at the “Marconi” Primary School where on June 3 a unique and special exhibition will open displaying works created by autistic students.  We talked about this some weeks ago. Teacher Patrizia Sapri – assisted by children parents, colleagues and friends of the non-profit organization “Il Senso della Vita / The Sense of Life” – led a beautiful exsperience inspired by Roberto Alborghetti’s images (“Lacer /actions” project).

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

The “provocative pictures” about the decomposed publicity posters (and cracks) were de-constructed and re-created by autistic kids who entered the visual world of Roberto Alborghetti receiving suggestions and emotions and re-viewing images through the sense-organs. So they discovered an inner dimension to explore and learn. Music accompanied the lessons and students also created words and comments about feelings and sensations they felt while working on Roberto Alborghetti colorful works. 

Now, this incredible experience will be told through an exhibition and a special book which will introduce achievements and results.Visitors will have the opportunity to admire compelling works made by Erik, Massimo, Flavia, Gaia and Nicole, some of the kids who participated to the “Atelier of colors and emotions”. 

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

Teacher Patrizia Sapri says: “The exhibition in Aprilia displays works made by autistic students. I studied in the past, and rediscovered in recent days, the great lesson coming from Temple Grandin, doctor and professor at Colorado State University (USA), bestselling author and autistic activist (in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, for the “Heroes” category). She said that autistics are able to see what human beings don’t see. They see a “wonderful world” that people barely grasps. They perceive a series of visual stimuli that normal people can’t perceive. Autistics think in pictures. They live in a world of pictures and colors. That’s the reason why autistic kids are so fond of Roberto Alborghetti’s works which were re-created and re-lived using different tools and techniques. Based on their state of mind, they angrily painted or gently covered all spaces. In their mental order everything have to be perfect. And they have the wonderful gift to clearly see and perceive in advance – in their mind and heart – the same final work.”   

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013