THE NOTTINGHAM YOU DIDN’T EXPECT… MODERN ART UNDER THE SKY AND ALONG THE STREETS

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions, Nottingham, 2015

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During my recent stay in East Midlands for The Ghost Bus short films premiere (March 27, 2015, Bartons Plc, Chilwell) I had the opportunity to have a look around in the very heart of Nottingham trying to catch some images of torn and decomposed posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens (yes, I can’t resist!).

Marysia Zipser, founder of ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and promoter of the short films premiere together with Simon Barton, kindly led me through squares, streets and places from King Street to Old Market Square, from Castle Road to St.Mary’s Gate… And so, while a really beautiful city flowered before  my eyes, with its history and monuments, I also took lot of images for my “Lacer/actions” project.

Nottingham offered me so many “signs” layered on its walls, doors and gates. As an open air gallery, the city of Robin Hood and the incredible red bricks, revealed itself also through absolutely random cracks and scratches. In every street I walked along I noticed particulars and details linked by a common “language and style”.

Along King Street I captured blue oriented images. Near the ancient “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” I took pics of grey cracks. In Broad Street some ripped posters presented details in which I had no difficulties to see pop-art elements. And again, I caught black and white images in Hounds Gate, red and blue ones in Low Pavement. Along Goose Gate, outside an alley way, I saw (and impressed on my camera) images that mixed up ripped papers, glue castings, spontaneous drawings left by some anonymous hands.

Yes, in Nottingham, I found in decomposed matters a lot of styles and art streams: from modernism to cubism, from abstractionism to post-modernism, from vorticism to impressionism… Yes, so lot of “ism”, but I prefer to call all those random and natural images with my favourite term: “Lacer/actionism”… Also Nottingham 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 and let your perceptions flow.

P.S. I thank Marysia Zipser so much for her kindness… Yes, several times I got lost along the tour while shooting photos, but she had always the patience to wait for me…

LACER/ACTIONS 4 E X P O 2 0 1 5 : THE BLACK VERSION CLIP

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s Lacer/actions project 4 EXPO MILANO 2015. The 4 images of the clip aren’t paintings or digitally made compositions, but real scenes from the real world. They’are from decomposed and torn publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial matters. Soundtrack by Audiomachine.

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Le “Lacer/azioni” di Roberto Alborghetti per EXPO MILANO 2015. Le quattro immagini mostrate nel videoclip non sono dipinti o composizioni realizzate al computer, ma scene reali del mondo reale. Come tutte le altre decine di migliaia di “lacer/azioni”, esse sono state riprese da manifesti pubblicitari decomposti, crepe e graffi naturali, materiali urbani e industriali.   

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EXPO BLACK 1

 

MY “VISUALS” 4  E X P O  MILANO 2015

“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 (during my research around the world  I  collected so far about 75.000 images). 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.

One of my most recent shows was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy). In the last two 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) from July 12 to September 7, 2014.

My recent “The Ghost Bus” project was carried out with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-March 2015) with a great short films premiere on March 27, at Bartons Plc, Chilwell-Nottingham. My next solo show (“Colors of an Apocalypse 2015″) is sheduled on Lake Como, Lenno, Italy, on July 3-4-5, 2015, in a special and spectacular location: the St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a beautiful example of Romanesque art.

 

 

 

 

“CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS ART IS FROM AN OLD BUS?”

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GUEST WRITER: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Act Group, UK

The exciting new “Ghost Bus” visual art project by Roberto Alborghetti – Italian journalist, writer and visual artist – is now touring the world wide web over the next two months attracting many admirers along the way.  This itinerant “modern art gallery” is culminating in a special short films premiere and social gathering on Friday 27 March at 6.30pm at Bartons Plc, Chilwell High Road, Nottingham, to which you are most cordially invited. 

Website and social media viewers are enthralled and mystified by what Roberto has created from the totally natural and realistic photo images he took last October of the 1956 “Ghost Bus” when he toured the huge Bartons garage site housing superb exhibition and special events space as well as a wonderful collection of vintage vehicles.   Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, THE GHOST BUS, CARD # 5 ("HORIZONS") FROM THE SHORT FILMS PREMIERED ON MARCH 27, UK , WITH BARTONS PLC AND ACT GROUP.

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, THE GHOST BUS, CARD # 5 (“HORIZONS”) FROM THE SHORT FILMS PREMIERED ON MARCH 27, UK , WITH BARTONS PLC AND ACT GROUP.

 

What captured Roberto’s imagination was the story behind the “Ghost Bus” which Simon Barton relayed to him.  The URR 865 AEC Reliance had been slumbering in an open Suffolk field for 20 years, resistant to both scrapping or restoration, before being discovered and brought back to its original fold a few years ago.   

 A vehicle-sister of the “Ghost Bus” had been documented in an incredible 1959 movie in Kodachrome colour of a group of English ladies and gentlemen who toured from Nottingham to the Italian Riviera on a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday, now posted on http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/index.php/2012-01-23-22-22-17/the-ghost-bus.  

Bartons was once the largest independent bus company in Western Europe and one of the first firms in the world to operate a timetabled bus service.

As shown in the short film, some images (“Maps”) come from the Land Rover vehicle that is  parked next to the old bus.  The vehicles are both distressed in the same manner from decades outside, both the same age, British in manufacture and both have decades long association with Barton family. Both vehicles are still on site.

It was good reason for Roberto to create and build a different road trip of the artistic kind between Italy and the land of Robin Hood.   So he set to work incorporating the “Ghost Bus” for his “Lacer/actions” project concerning realistic images of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials.  

The Ghost Bus project is already attracting media and TV attention in Italy and around the world, so hop on board and enjoy the ride!

 

For further information, please contact:

Marysia Zipser, founder ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and arts/heritage tourism promoter, email:  marysiazipser@hotmail.co.uk  Mob 07899 798487

 

Roberto Alborghetti, email:  ro.alb@alice.it

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Simon Barton, Bartons Plc: http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/

 email:  info@bartonsplc.co.uk

  

CRACKS CHROMOTHERAPY # 2 / FOUR DIFFERENT PERCEPTION LEVELS OF THE REAL WORLD

Cracks is part of my Lacer/actions Project, about  the decomposition of torn publicity posters on outdoor advertisings (my realistic and not manipulated images are transferred on canvases, lithographic prints or textiles). I also love to work on natural cracks, crevices and scratches on metal, plastic or stony surfaces, or metal and plastic platings marking the passage of times…

We live in a planet of cracks. And cracks may be considered “an active aesthetical appreciation” of what we call the disturbing elements of imperfection. My eyes and cameras through cracks magnifications are discovering impressive textures in what we usually consider waste and disfigured materials (as you may see in this photogallery). My Cracks – as well as all the other 60.000 images I gathered so far for my project – are just and only realistic, natural, random and not enhanced pics of the real world around us.

CRACKS CHROMOTHERAPY # 2 : WATCH THE VIDEOCLIP

More Cracks :

THE CRACKS GALLERY – robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com

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DISCOVER THE WORLD OF “LACER/ACTIONS” THROUGH

“THE GHOST BUS” EXPERIENCE…

THE GHOST BUS flyer - March 27

RED LONDON CRACKS / 12 MAGNIFICATIONS OF CREVICES ON IRON SHEET (ALONG VICTORIA EMBANKMENT)

Following the videoclip, this is a photogallery presenting 12 magnifications of random images of red cracks and scratches I took in London, on October 8, 2014, for my  “Lacer/Actions” Project and Research about torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural crevices, industrial tokens and urban “signs”. The pictures were shooted from an iron sheet along Victoria Embankment.

Watch the videoclip:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/colors-of-holidays-red-london-cracks-the-winter-wonderland-videoclip/

 

 ABOUT “LACER/ACTIONS”

LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, scratches and urban and industrial signs (during my research around the world  I  collected so far about 50.000 images). 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

One of my most recent shows (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy). In the last two years I was 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) from July 12 to September 7, 2014. Now I’m working on “The Ghost Bus” project, in collaboration with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-February 2015).

THE GHoST BUS flyer DEF - Copia - Copia

 

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

IT’S NOT A WORK BY ROTELLA OR VILLEGLE’, BUT AN ABSOLUTELY RANDOM BILLBOARD I SAW AND DOCUMENTED IN ROME FOR MY “LACER/ACTIONS” PROJECT…

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions

 

 

 

I think it’s  one of the finest ” lacer/actions ” I captured with my camera in the last few weeks. What you see is not a collage built and created deliberately with my hands, joining and sticking piece by piece, but a real, “natural” and completely collage. It’s  the result of various and different overlaps – which took place over weeks and months – of advertising publicity posters with different contents. I found this “masterpiece” of randomness in the center of Rome, near Piazza della Repubblica. A few hours later it has been deleted and covered by other paper advertisings.

It was a big billboard, sizes 2 meters x 2. I was lucky enough to catch and store it to my “Lacer/actions” archive which now counts about 60,000 images (all completely random) I fixed and collected around the world.

I think that this random work, as well as the thousands I have captured and documented so far , would really aroused the envy of Mimmo Rotella and  Jacques Villeglè… These artists worked advertising posters snatching them from the billboards. But I think that the true and genuine art – a sort of evolution of the same street art – consists instead of leaving the torn and decomposed publicity posters on the walls, making a really and natural fine show and transforming our cities in public and free outdoor “galleries”…

  

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NON E’ UN’OPERA DI ROTELLA O VILLEGLE’, MA UN TABELLONE ASSOLUTAMENTE CASUALE CHE HO VISTO E DOCUMENTATO A ROMA PER IL MIO PROGETTO “LACER/AZIONI” 

E’ una delle più belle “lacer/azioni” che ho catturato, con la mia fotocamera, in queste ultime settimane. Quello che vedete non è un collage costruito e creato con le mie mani, unendo pezzo a pezzo, ma un vero e proprio collage “naturale”, assolutamente casuale, frutto di varie sovrapposizioni – avvenute nell’arco di settimane e di mesi – di manifesti pubblicitari dei più diversi contenuti. Questo “capolavoro” della casualità l’ho scoperto nel centro di Roma, nei pressi di piazza della Repubblica. Prnso che ora sia stato già ricoperto e cancellato da altri manifesti pubblicitari.

Era comunque un grande tabellone, almeno 2 metri x 2. Ho avuto la fortuna di catturarlo e consegnarlo al mio archivio di “Lacer/azioni”, che conta ormai più di 55.000 immagini, tutte assolutamente casuali, fissate e registrate in giro per il mondo.

Penso che quest’opera, tra le migliaia che ho documentato, avrebbe davvero suscitato l’invidia di Mimmo Rotella (o di Jacques Villeglè). Questi artisti lavorano i manifesti pubblicitari strappandoli dai tabelloni. Ma io penso che la vera arte, più genuina, sia invece quella di lasciare i manifesti lacerati sui muri, perché facciano bella mostra di sé e trasformando le nostre città in  pubbliche “gallerie” all’aperto.