FIRST PHOTO-GALLERY FROM “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” : ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SHOW AT ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS (XIII CENTURY) IN TUSCANY

Roberto Alborghetti Show – “Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”opened at the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Italy)last October 6, 2012; the show continues through to November 4th , 2012. The exhibition – displaced in seven rooms in an ascensional way – features 36 artworks (canvases, lithographs, a special collages series and a limited-edition of a three silk scarves) from Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions Projects (images of torn and decomposed publicity posters).

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Location: Aldobrandesca Fortress, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany (Italy); Opening Time: 10-12,30/17-19,30 (Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays; from October 23 to October 27 during “Penne e Video Sconosciuti” national events). For informations and visits by appointment: 039 0577 784134 ; e-mail: info@prolocopiancastagnaio.it.

ALDOBRANDESCA FORTRESS, PIANCASTAGNAIO, SIENA, TUSCANY (ITALY) : THE ENCHANTING AND WONDERFUL LOCATION OF ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012 SHOW

 

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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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“SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MESS” IN THIS DECOMPOSED POSTER – LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 7

“SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MESS IN MY STRAY HEART” – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ART – LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

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SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MESS IN MY STRAY HEART

Lithograph, 2009, 50×70 (framed, available)

Realistic and not manipulated image

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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 .

SILK SCARVES DESIGN FROM TORN POSTERS: “THE NEXT BIG FASHION TREND”

AN EXCLUSIVE LIMITED-EDITION! 

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  • Pure Silk Scarves / Limited-edition – Crêpe de Chine – A Three Images Series.

  • Created by Roberto Alborghetti for “Lacer/actions” Project (Images of torn posters and urban “signs”) in collaboration with Bruno Boggia Disegni (Como, Italy)

  • Sizes: width 63 cms, height 170 cms.

 

Silk scarf. # 1: “Shared Moods”

Silk Scarf # 2: “Nine Eleven, New York 2001″

 

Silk Scarf # 3: “Wind of May, ruffle my thoughts”

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A three silk scarves series are now on sale at “La Bottega di Oscar” / Oscar’s Boutique. They are available in a very special limited-edition and at a special price. The silk scarves designs are  unique: they reproduce details of images concerning torn posters  captured on the cities walls around the world by Italian visual artist and reporter Roberto Alborghetti who had the idea to turn trash into an art subject (his incredible abstract pics are also trasnferred on canvases, lithographs and other materials). 

Roberto Alborghetti created and produced this particular fashion accessory with the assistance and collaboration of the internationally known textile designer Bruno Boggia, who works for the most famous international fashion stylists. Roberto Alborghetti creations have already won consents and attentions throughout the web and from medias; New York blogger Marina Chetner (http://marinachetner.com/) wrote that “Roberto’s torn poster art inspired silk scarves are going to be the next big fashion trend”.

 To buy them, contact: andrea@velar.it or ro.alb@alice.it

This special limited-edition of silk scarves is available on three designs titled: “Shared Moods”, “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”, “Winds of May, ruffle my thoughts”.

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Roberto Alborghetti

Videoclip at YouTube Channel

SPECIAL “SEASON ‘S GREETINGS”: THE FANTASTIC VOICES OF TONIC SOL-FA MEET ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS

An Holiday videoclip with an incredible “a cappella song” from the Group that The New York Times described as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice”.

And the quartet send me a comment on Facebook about the video…

An “Haiga”, one of mine “Lacer/actions” artworks (images from torn posters and urban signs) and a fantastic “a cappella” song from Tonic Sol-Fa group. These are the ingredients of my clip, Season’s Greeting (Haiga & Haiku), which fuses in a Japanese “Haiga”, words and visual art. The image – absolutely random, as all my works about torn (publi)city – is now a lithograph ( 50×70, framed) and it’s taking part of “Lacer/actions” collection, concerning my research about torn posters and signs from city walls. The clip soundtrack – “Ark The Herald Angels Sings”- is a traditional Xmas song performed by Tonic Sol-Fa. This quartet has been named one of the top five “must see” groups in America and has been awarded numerous original song and album awards in pop, gospel and holiday genres.

Tonic Sol-Fa appeared on NBC’s Today Show and in the pages of Newsweek magazine. Outings with Jay Leno, Shawn Colvin, Lonestar and Garrison Keillor have propelled album sales to more than 1,000,000 copies. (mostly sold from the back of their trailer!) and have earned the group thousands of intensely loyal fans. By 2000, the quartet was voted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame. And in 2009, Tonic Sol-fa’s second public television special was broadcast to over 1,800 stations across the United States, with an international launch to begin this year. The New York Times describes Tonic Sol-fa’s sound as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice.” The fantastic voices of Tonic Sol-Fa make so special this “Season’s Greetings” videoclip, posted at YouTube, Animoto, MySpace, BlipTv, VodPod and shared on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Click and enjoy it:

 http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

 http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

 http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

“Cool! Well done”: this is the message that TONIC SOL-FA send me through FACEBOOK as a comment to the video. Thank you guys for the kindness! Your voices are great, and your heart too!!! My Best Wishes! R.A. 

 

 

AUGURI SPECIALI CON “HAIGA”, “LACER/AZIONI” E LE FANTASTICHE VOCI DEI TONIC SOL-FA

 

Un “Haiga”, una mia “Lacer/azione” (immagine dei dettagli di un manifesto pubblicitario strappato) ed un frammento di un fenomenale brano “a cappella” dei Tonic Sol-fa. Sono questi gli ingredienti di un mio clip augurale – “Auguri di Buone Feste (Haiga & Haiku)” – che fonde – in quello che la cultura nipponica definisce “Haiga” – parole (“Haiku”) ed arte visuale. L’immagine – come sempre assolutamente casuale, trasferita su litografia, 50×70 – fa parte della mia raccolta “Lacer/azioni”, relativa alla ricerca dei particolari delle pubblicità lacerate e dei “segni” urbani.

Il soundtrack che accompagna questo clip di “LaceR/Azioni” ed “Haiga” è eseguito a cappella dai Tonic Sol-Fa, un gruppo vocale americano dal ricco repertorio pop, gospel, folk, soul, blues e per le occasioni di festa. Il quartetto figura in America tra i primi cinque gruppi in una classifica speciale delle esibizioni “assolutamente da vedere”. Hanno ricevuto diversi riconoscimenti per i loro album, che hanno superato la quota di 1 milione di copie vendute, incrementando il seguito tra migliaia di fans. Pubbliche affermazioni sono state ottenute nel Midwest Music Hall of Fame.

Sono ora al centro di un lancio internazionale, preceduto da specials televisivi. York Times ha parlato di loro come di “caleidoscopio vocale… unico per la voce umana”.

Il brano scelto per il clip fa parte della tradizione dei canti di Natale: “Ark The Herald Angels Sing”. Il clip – on line su YouTube, MySpace, BlipTv, VodPod e condiviso su Facebook, Twitter e Linkedin – è una prova di come le magnifiche voci di Tonic Sol-Fa siano riuscite ad “incontrare” in modo suggestivo le immagini di Roberto Alborghetti.

 

http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

 

http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

 

http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

THE POSTER KING: LONDON CELEBRATES EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER’S VISUAL ART

 A fascinating exhibition taking place in London up to December 18, 2011, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art.

 

My “Lacer/actions” art project is based on torn posters details. During my research I collected so far more than 30.000 images of ripped publicity posters. I work on them, making canvas, lithographs, textile designs, videoclip a.s.o; I explained my activity on a booklet-portfolio, published in 2009 (Lacer/actions – Pics of torn (publi)city). Yes, I like the world of posters, billboards and urban “signs” (this blog is here to demonstrate it). So, I must to dedicate a post to the interesting and fascinating exhibition taking place in London, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art ( 39a Canonbury Square, entrance in Canonbury Road). The show – opened till December 18, 2011 – pays a tribute to Edward McKnight Kauffer, the “Poster King” (this is also the exhibition theme).

Focusing on Kauffer’s time in England , The Poster King is a celebration of the ways in which this remarkable artistic émigré enriched the visual culture. And all the design expressions of our times. In addition to the renowned graphic work it includes a fascinating nucleus of lesser-known paintings and prints as well as a selection of photographs, working drawings and original designs.

Edward Mcknight Kauffer produced some of the most iconic and influential commercial imagery of the early twentieth century. A remarkably versatile artist, his work drew inspiration from a wide variety of styles ranging from Japanese art to Fauvism, Vorticism and Constructivism, and encompassed painting, applied art, interior design and scenography. Yet it remains his celebrated posters created for clients such as London Underground and Shell during the inter-war years for which he remains most famous. Kauffer’s pioneering work in the field of graphic design ranks alongside the achievements of fellow avant-garde figures such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, all of whom – like Kauffer- had roots in the United States yet established their careers in London.

 Born in Montana in 1890, Kauffer’s precocious artistic talents were first employed painting stage scenery at his local opera house. They were also recognised by an acquaintance named Joseph E. Mcknight, a professor at the University of Utah, who in 1912 paid for Kauffer ton pursue his studies in Paris. As a mark of gratitude, Kauffer subsequently incorporated his benefactor’s surname into his own. Upon the outbreak of the First World War Kauffer fled to England where in 1915 he received a commission to design publicity posters for the Underground.

 

The originality and vibrancy of these images led Kauffer to receive commissions from a variety of companies and publishing houses over the following two decades,including Fortnum & Mason, Lund Humphries and Chrysler Motors. With a finger on the pulse of the latest artistic trends, Kauffer’s special genius lay in his ability to adapt the language of the avant-garde to the needs of advertising, creating works that were not simply visually striking but also rich in artistic merit. With commissions increasingly scarce following the declaration of war in 1939 Kauffer made the painful decision to return to America, where he continued to work for a number of years prior to his death in 1954.

Estorick Collection promoted meetings, education evenings and talks about Edward McKnight Kauffer; the next talk is planned for December 10, 2011 (“Kauffer’s England”, Dr. Jonathan Black, Kingston University).

 www.estorickcollection.com

 

 

FASCINATING STREET SIGNS THAT REFLECT HISTORY

 

 Elizabeth Cygan is psychologist and infantry author. She lives in Sudbury (Massachusetts, Usa). She saw my artworks and she sent to me this interesting post, that I want to share on WordPress:

Your artwork is incredible. What a fascinating subject. I wonder about some or our street signs. I live in Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA and we have street signs that reflect our brief history, when compared to European history. In our case, Sudbury was the first town to be incorporated as a town in Massachusetts in 1639. We revere our founding fathers like Bent, Plimpton, Rice etc. We also include street names like Musket and Flintlock.

However, Sudbury was the first to let women vote in town elections, own businesses and property. We even have names of Indian chiefs, against whom we fought, like King Philip-a chief who changed his name to be like the English soldiers who were here then. So we do have a short history of which we are proud. However when we were in London I was able to check a history book, and our Revolution received only half a page. We are still referred to as “The Colonies”.

Elizabeth Cygan

 

ABOUT ELIZABETH CYGAN

She has been a counselor, psychologist and special education teacher. She  writes about history, economic and educational articles for a newspaper. She is majored in Education, Economics, History and English, with graduate degrees in each of these fields. Her recent book – based on psychological and educational principals – presents a collection of true tales about Benjamin and Annabel, her Siamese cats. The book (“A tale of two tails: the adventures of Ben and Bel”) gives a history of Siam and the siamese cat, using cat words:cat-atonic. cat burglar, cat-astrophe etc. The words are defined and the tale told. The book shows watercolors, ink and pen drawings and photos illustrating the tales. The premise is kids enjoy it when the cats run the household with their mad antics. Also kids learn best when they are engaged, having fun and don’t realize that they are learning.