NATURAL CRACKS AND SCRATCHES IN LONDON… STREETS LIKE A CONTEMPORAY ART GALLERY

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

These abstract photos, I took walking along the streets of London, are part of “LaceR/Actions”, 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. 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 and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decomposition.

One of shows was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (2012-2103, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy). In the last years I worked on these 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), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). My works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy).

“The Ghost Bus/A visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood” project was carried out with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-March 2015). I produced two short films which were premiered on March 27, 2015 at Bartons Plc, Chilwell-Nottingham. An Italian premiere took place in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena) on October 24-25, 2015. My most recent solo show (“Colors of an Apocalypse 2015”) was on Lake Como, Lenno, Italy, on  July3-4-5, 2015, in a special and spectacular location: the St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a beautiful example of Romanesque art. With fashion designer and artist Mitrani Yarden we have developed ideas for the fashion world, as the Volcano Dress (e-book and short film) and an innovative fabric prints series.

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WALKING MAN AND STANDING MAN: THE  IMPRESSIVE SCENE IN LONDON CREATED BY SCULPTOR SEAN HENRY

 

Walking Man and Standing Man - © Roberto Alborghetti (6)

© Roberto Alborghetti

Walking along the Canal path, at Point Complex at Paddington Basin, not so far from Little Venice area, in London, I had the great surprise to admire two statues. Or better: a scene “depicted” by two statues…

They are sculptures representing two men: one is walking and the other is standing. The two giant sized men are facing each other, at some meters of distance. Both are life-size or maybe a bit taller and are cast from bronze and painted with oil paints. And if you pass there at the rush-hour, they mix themselves among the crowd.

The two statues were created by the British Sculptor Sean Henry and displayed at Paddington Basin in 2003 (as an inscription says). Of the same artist we can also admire in London the three statues called Man With Potential Selves, that are located in the lobby of the The Cumberland Hotel.

Yes, very impressive sculptures indeed. So “normal”, so “human” but so impressive! Whether you are a Londoner, or tourist visiting London get yourself along to Paddington Basin to have a look of Sean Henry’s masterpieces, Walking Man and Standing Man, and the Man With Potential Selves at The Cumberland Hotel. I warmly recommend you this.

The two statues at Paddington Basin evoke a sense of estrangement that accentuates the anonymity that usually attacks us when we are in a great metropolis. And then, inside us, questions and thoughts begin to raise. The bronze statues by Sean Henry help us to make a responses space. And to find out, once again, how art is close to people, to their soul, to their thoughts.

COLORS OF HOLIDAYS: “RED LONDON CRACKS” (THE WINTER WONDERLAND VIDEOCLIP)

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Random images of red cracks and scratches I took in London, along Victoria Embankment, on October 8, 2014, for my  “Lacer/Actions” Project and Research about torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural crevices, industrial tokens and urban “signs”. So, experience the colors of holidays (red and white) through this videoclip … And welcome to Winter Wonderland!

Soundtrack: “Flying” by Mike Strickland – created at http://animoto.com

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions, 2014

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions, 2014

“STATIONS OF THE CROSS”: ARTISTS REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST ON BILLBOARD SPACE THROUGHOUT THE LONDON UNDERGROUND

WOLFE VON LENKIEWICZ

JOHAN ANDERSSON

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In this photo-gallery:

1 ANTONY MICALLEF, ‘Kill Your Idol’, 2014, Oil on Linen

2 NANCY FOUTS, ‘Ecce Homo’, 2014, Oil on canvas, twine

3 JOHAN ANDERSSON, ‘STATION 1’, 2014, Oil on Canvas

4 PAUL FRYER, ‘Black Pieta’ 2009, Wax, glass eyes, human hair, oil paint, wood, steel, epoxy resin, fibreglass, thorns, silk fabric, dye

5 BEN MOORE, ‘As it was in the beginning’, 2014, Oil on Canvas (Image Bran Symondson)

6 WOLFE VON LENKIEWICZ, Intervention, 2013, Pencil on paper

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This Easter, Art Below and the Missing Tom Fund return with ‘Stations of the Cross’, an exhibition of artists’ representations of the Passion of Christ. Opening on the 6th March at London’s St. Marylebone Parish Church, the exhibition will run for 40 days to coincide with the biblical period of Lent. The exhibition will be open to the public and the works are also intended for prayer and meditation within the parish congregation. In addition to the 14 Stations of the Cross, artists will also contribute works depicting the Last Supper and the Resurrection. Confirmed artists include Paul Fryer, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Mat Collishaw, Hugo Dalton, Nancy Fouts, Ben Moore, Johan Andersson, Alison Jackson, Antony Micallef, Alex Gene Morrison, Zavier Ellis and Sebastian Horsley.

To coincide with the exhibition, public arts enterprise Art Below will showcase all of the works on billboard space throughout the London Underground at stations that have a symbolic link with the theme, including King’s Cross, Marylebone, Marble Arch, St. Paul’s, Angel, Temple and Tower Hill. ‘Stations of the Cross’ is the second exhibition to be curated by Art Below founder Ben Moore to raise proceeds for the Missing Tom Fund. With the support of his family and the Missing People Charity, Moore set up the Missing Tom Fund in 2013 to raise money for the search for his older brother Tom who has been missing for 10 years.

The first exhibition highlighting the Missing Tom Fund was the hugely acclaimed ‘Art Wars’, which was held at the Saatchi Gallery in October 2013 and featured artists including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Yinka Shonibare and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

Ben Moore says: “The proceeds from Art Wars have enabled us to reignite the search for my brother and also to draw attention to the excellent work of the Missing People Charity. Tom was very interested in religion and, as such, ‘Stations of the Cross’ seems a natural fit for us. We hope that the project will offer further help in continuing our search for Tom.”

CRUCIFICTION PERFORMANCE ART ANNOUNCED

On Sunday 2nd March at midday artist and curator of The Stations of the Cross Exhibition Ben Moore will carry an 8 foot tall wooden cross 8 miles from Barons Court across Hyde Park  to St.Marylebone parish Church where it will be installed for the exhibition. The performance titled ‘Crossing Over’ will be filmed and presented as a piece of video art in the ‘Stations of the Cross’ exhibition which opens next Thursday for 40 days.

St Marylebone Parish Church is an Anglican church on the Marylebone Road in London. The locale of Marylebone historically took its name from that of the Church, which is dedicated to St Mary.
 The present site is the third used by the parish for its church and was built to the designs of Thomas Hardwick in 1813-17. The original church was built on the bank of a small stream or “bourne”, called the Tybourne, a name which for many centuries was synonymous with capital punishment. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the Bourne, which over time became shortened to its present form, Marylebone.

The Missing Tom Fund Proceeds from the ‘Stations of the Cross’ exhibition go to the ‘Missing Tom’ fund, which was started up specifically to raise money to support the search for Thomas Moore.
Tom left his family home in 2003. He was aged 31 years old. His friends and family have not heard from him since then. Now 10 years on, with the support of the Missing People Charity his family is
reopening the search for Tom and have started up a website www.missingtom.com

Benjamin Moore, Director of Art Below, has had over 7 years experience working with artists, museums, charities, arts organisations, and corporates, initiating and managing partnerships to deliver new public arts projects. In 2006 he founded public arts organisation Art Below. With a wide range of international artists and its various campaigns in cities worldwide, the organization has an important position within the movement of contemporary art in public space. He has produced and curated more than 50 public exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Berlin, Los Angeles and New Orleans working with high profile international and British artists including Turner Prize Winners and Royal Academicians. www.artbelow.org.uk

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PARALLAX ART FAIR RETURNS IN FEBRUARY TO CHELSEA TOWN HALL IN LONDON. AN IMPRESSIVE VARIETY WITH 225 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

Parallax International Art Fair 2014 will return to Chelsea Town Hall in February for its ninth event, its organisers have announced. The fair, most recently held in October 2013, will open with a private viewing on Thursday 20th February, and then opens its doors to the public from 1-8pm on Friday 21st and 11-5pm on Saturday 22nd February.

The Parallax Art Fair is not your typical art fair. It allows both new and established artists to exhibit on equal footing, without judgment or qualification by the organisers. The international line-up includes award-winning artists from many fields, as well as the new and undiscovered. From a sculptor whose work in steel now adorns the outside wall of the Harlow Theatre, to a painter whose work was chosen by the City of London as its official Christmas card, the art fair showcases an astonishing range of styles and media.

With 225 artists in February’s line-up, the variety will be impressive. As well as paintings and sculpture in all conceivable materials, the fair will include photography, light-display, textiles, pottery, jewellery, ceramics, natural materials, embroidery and far more to create an experiential, visual, tactile exhibition that explores the possibilities of art and form to the full. Coinciding with London Fashion Week (14-18 February) it will doubtless prove a popular attraction for creatively minded individuals looking for new avenues of inspiration.

The exhibition is free to the public, and further information is available at

www.parallaxaf.co

http://www.parallaxaf.co

MAGIC OF LONDON… THE THAMES, THE WHEEL AND A RANDOM SOUNDTRACK BY A STREET MUSICIAN…

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I was in London. One evening I took a walk along the Golden Jubilee Bridge… The city was there, showing all its lights and shadows. I took mobile in my hands and I began to record the beautiful scene…

I didn’t realize that an anonymous street musician – not so distant from me – was playing his guitar (I wonder who he was) So, a sweet melody was sticked together with my images, as a spontaneous soundtrack…

© Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti

LACER/ACTIONS OF LONDON – TORN POSTERS AND STREET (DE)SIGNS

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London is really an “open air” art museum that you may visit every day, without paying an entrance ticket. It’s enough to walk along the streets, open your eyes wide an let your perceptions flow.

You may see torn and decomposed outdoor ads and capturing “signs”…

I chose nine images and put them in this videoclip. 

Soundtrack: “Wake up” by Mackintosh Braun.

Enjoy it.

Roberto Alborghetti - Lacer/actions - London 2011

Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions – London 2011