FUERTEVENTURA (SPAIN) / SEASCAPE STORIES FROM CRACKS OF AN “ART INSTALLATION” (BUT IT’S A WASTE CONTAINER…)

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© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS

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I’ve already written some posts about Fuerteventura, a beautiful and wild part of the Canary Islands where I found fascinating beaches, dunes, hills, towns and a blue, limpid sea… but for me there was another Fuerteventura: one I happened on through my art research.

I usually capture and document my “Lacer/actions” – images of torn and decomposed posters or cracks – wherever I travel. However, something I found in Morro Jable town (a nice city of “Peninsula de Jandia”, in the South) captivated my attention.

In Plaza don Carlos, near Riu Hotel, there stood a platform of bins to separate waste collection. The outside of a blue container designated for paper showed strange cracks with shapes and signs. Most compelling, though, were the blue-based scenes created from varied layers of paper residual, crevices, rusts, dusts, sand, cuts. I worked a lot with my cameras around the big blue trash container and I imagine passers-by were asking themselves if I had some problems.

I’m pleased to present, in two parts, a small selection of those abstract (and conceptual) images I took around the blue container.  I see the images as unique expression revealing some of the seascape stories of Fuerteventura.

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“SUNSET BURNISHED HILLS… FALLEN SOLDIERS WEEP”: HAIGA # 3 BY ~MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Sweet child,

pale

with

flu

limply resting against cool plaster.

Grandma’s Purple Quilt.

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Sunset burnished hills.

Lavender Dusk settles in.

fallen soldiers weep.

*_* sigh.

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Yin/yang poster world

grabbing blurs of yesterday.

Flowing thought bleeds ink.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

This is the third composition created by fellow blogger, Meredith (healingminds@WordPress.com) for a four composition series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga”. Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (USA) – shared a preview of my most recent images taken from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in the Netherlands and Italy. And, she began to create verses…

The third “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses doesn’t come from torn posters. It is a sort of special preview about a new direction, or section or a new kind of images concerning my research of urban signs… I will talk about it very soon. I saw this “visual situation” in Milan. As all my pieces, it’s natural, realistic and not manipulated or enhanced image.

Meredith wrote this note about her verses and my art: 

I have very mixed feelings about them because they feel very transparent to me.  But, that is  art, and as I send this off I feel a sense of sending myself.  This picture touches me deeply, and I decided to not to use any other text than the haiku.”

I thank Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception.

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ABOUT MEREDITH

Meredith (www.healingminds.wordpress.com) writes from a rich text based in theater, art, and design training. Also rooted from the soil of personal experience, Meredith writes about mental health and its challenges; her value of developing creative pursuits as part of the equation for living a satisfying life in the face of mental illness and recovery include yoga, dance, writing, and photography. 

Meredith’s professional background began in directing and choreography.  Her education in dance and theater lent equal weight to creating movement and learning projects for school children, grades K thru 12, and mentoring independent theater projects for high school students. When mental illness changed the landscape of her life, Meredith returned to school and redirected her passions toward quieter pursuits in architectural design.  Most recently, her love for writing and well-being generate roomy, new ideas about beauty and life, and she writes about mindful living from a deeper understanding.

IT’S A VERY INDUSTRIAL PICTURE… SNOW, CLOUDS AND PEOPLE ALL SEEM TO DRIFT IN THE SAME DIRECTION

DREAMS & LACER/ACTIONS”: THERAPEUTIC HAIGA # 2 BY ~MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Faded faces stroll

     the walls of layered living.

    Yesterday softens.

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I saw granite snow

     and touched the oneness.

     Ancient stories freeze.

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Umbrella walkers

     dot the misty,morning streets.

     Tissue clouds bring snow.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

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This is the second composition created by fellow blogger, Meredith (healingminds@WordPress.com) for a four composition series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga”. Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (USA) – shared a preview of my most recent images taken from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in the Netherlands and Italy. And, she began to create verses…

The second “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses comes from a display I saw on a square at Como Lake (Italy). It is natural, and not manipulated or enhanced image.

Meredith wrote this note about the image: “This picture looked both very industrial and like a barren canyon in winter.  Both places may seem bleak but I see life.  Snow, clouds, and people all seem to drift in the same direction, whether moved by snow or racing, tissue clouds. I could not help but make a copy of this photo to run my fingers across as I listened to the whispered tales of mottled surfaces.” 

I thank Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception.

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ABOUT MEREDITH

Meredith (www.healingminds.wordpress.com) writes from a rich text based in theater, art, and design training. Also rooted from the soil of personal experience, Meredith writes about mental health and its challenges; her value of developing creative pursuits as part of the equation for living a satisfying life in the face of mental illness and recovery include yoga, dance, writing, and photography. 

Meredith’s professional background began in directing and choreography.  Her education in dance and theater lent equal weight to creating movement and learning projects for school children, grades K thru 12, and mentoring independent theater projects for high school students. When mental illness changed the landscape of her life, Meredith returned to school and redirected her passions toward quieter pursuits in architectural design.  Most recently, her love for writing and well-being generate roomy, new ideas about beauty and life, and she writes about mindful living from a deeper understanding.

AN “ART INSTALLATION” THAT AMSTERDAM DOESN’T KNOW TO HAVE… SO, LET’S BRING BACK OUR EYES ON THE STREETS…

  

This is the incredible big container where I took my images from (see my previous post:“4GOT10 TEARS” ON THE CONTAINER NEAR THE ROYAL PALACE )

It was located in Amsterdam centre – near the Royal Palace, in the very heart of the city – outside a building yard. Workers were putting in it every sort of materials. And passers-by didn’t noticed it at all… On a side of the big container I saw something… spectacular. A sort of “public art installation” that Amsterdam doesn’t know to have.

The four parts in which the container was divided showed four incredible scenes. They were a sort of thin paper films left when someone had taken away the posters.An unusual and compelling combination – white paper film, iron, rust, red, grey and green colors of the container – originated something great for my eyes. 

On request, I’m glad to present another selection of the images I took around the big container. All my “Lacer/actions” artworks are realistic, natural and not manipulated images.  So, enjoy them. Yes, they are pure street art. And we have to bring back our eyes on the streets, where we may find compelling open air galleries…         

ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS ART

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

© Roberto Alborghetti

“4GOT10 TEARS” ON THE CONTAINER NEAR THE ROYAL PALACE / THE AMSTERDAM’S LACER/ACTIONS FILES #3

 

I catch my “Lacer/actions” – Images Of Torn (publi)City – in the most strange places of the world. But what I saw a few weeks ago, in Amsterdam city centre, is really unique. Location: near the Royal Palace, in the very heart of the city. Outside a building yard, there was a big iron container in which workers were putting every sort of materials. I think people didn’t noticed it at all… But on a side of the big container I saw something spectacular ( for me and for my research about torn posters and urban signs).

 

The four parts in which the container was divided showed four incredible scenes. They were a sort of thin paper films left when someone had taken away the posters.An unusual and compelling combination – white paper film, iron, rust, red, grey and green colors of the container – originated something great for my eyes. I worked a lot with my cameras and I also did a video with my mobile, documenting an exceptional situation.

 

So, I’m glad to present here a very little selection of the images I took around the big container, the “Art Container”. This is the third photo gallery about my “Amsterdam’s Lacer/actions Files” dedicated to a three images series I “captured” in Netherlands during a recent trip. I like to repeat that all my “Lacer/actions” artworks are realistic, natural and not manipulated images.  So, enjoy my “Amsterdam’s Lacer/actions Files #3”, that I titled “4got10 tears”. Public art on a public place, in the shade of Royal Palace…         

 

ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS ART

LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 35.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy).Myartworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys) concerning kinesiologic tests. In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be kept at the new Contemporary Art Museum will open next September in Marche region (Italy). The next big Lacer/actions Show will take place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 27 to November 4, 2012. An “The End of The World” event…  

R.A.

© Roberto Alborghetti

MY ART GALLERY? IT’S ALONG AMSTERDAM STREETS

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I been recently in Holland. I travelled along the country, from Brabant region to Amsterdam. I love the dutch landscapes, they’re so relaxing… I saw obviously  torn posters and other urban signs that I like to catch and to document for my “Lacer/actions” art project. It happened in Eindhoven, Utrecht and Leiden. And also along Amsterdam streets and canals I captured lot of images, absolutely realistic, as all the others 35.000 pics I collected so far.

I think the beautiful dutch city reveals itself also through ripped poster and ads you may see in hidden corners. You have only to keep up your attention and perception… I gathered interesting and capturing imageries that are really part of colors, shapes and moods of the so called “Venice of Northern Europe”.

So, here some of my artworks comin’ from my personal open air art gallery that I discovered and managed along Amsterdam streets. With a special series of other 6 images I’ve also created a videoclip – “Light (de)signs” – with the fascinating sound of Jap Jap, an Amsterdam based composer, musician, producer and performer (link below).

Roberto Alborghetti  

  

“AMSTERDAM MAGAZINE” FACEBOOK PAGE REPORTS…

LIGHT (DE)SIGNS FROM AMSTERDAM STREETS (JAP JAP DREAMPOP)

         

DAPHNE HUGHES ABSTRACT: EXPLORING MATERIALS AND SURFACE TEXTURES

  

 

I knew Daphne Hughes during last Parallax AF in London, at La Galleria (October 2011). She was one of my fellow exhibitors. “Regenerations” was the title of the works she showed there. Daphne presented me a book – “End of the line, A painters journey” – in which she tells her experience in Art. Daphne lives in the South East of England (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire). She is a Contemporary Artist creating large Abstract paintings based on her photography.

I was really struck by her works. Daphne loves to explore the minute details of surfaces inherent in objects that surround us. She captures images and exposes their complex surface textures, observing and translating these qualities into paintings. She uses to create large scale fabrications of texture or movement. Each painting is unique and original with strong visual qualities, and by their nature create a tactile response by the use of mixed and diverse mediums.

Daphne worked on a series of large paintings inspired by the discarded object and corroded materials in the environment. She interprets and captures the spirit of their unconventional displacement and existence into paintings in her own unique style.

Daphne Hughes says: “I am a Contemporary Artist passionate about my work. My paintings are predominately abstract with rich surface qualities. I have a strong interest in Photography, and my work is based on the exploration of minute details of surfaces inherent in objects that surround us. I capture images and expose their complex surface textures and their comprehensive and intrinsic worth, observing and translating these qualities into paintings. From the photographs I take their descriptive values and compositional potential which I then interpret into paintings that encapsulate their unintentional beauty. It is the translation of the original images that promotes and manifests. A response and a passion to paint an enhanced physical version, intensifying the original qualities”.

 www.dh-abstract.co.uk

 busby_54@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

“KEFALONIA, 1943”: MY ARTWORK TO REMEMBER AN UNPUNISHED MASSACRE AND THE STATE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

 

 Dr. Srini Pillay – Harvard psychiatrist, author, brain imaging researcher and columnist – says that art is a form of healing and it may help us to face tragedies and loss… I dedicated this artwork to Kefalonia massacre ( title: Kefalonia, 1943 – Victims & martyrs. The blood tracks # 1; canvas/mixed media, 87×57, Lacer/actions Project). My father Battista is a survivor of that terrible tragedy in which died 9.000 Italian soldiers (1943) killed and exterminated by German Nazis.

 Saturday January 28, 2012 – in the same days devoted in Italy to remember Shoah victims – Battista native Municipality dedicates him a conference and a ceremony (h.8,45 pm, Centro Sociale, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan Area). Italian Council of Ministers Presidency has recently confered to Battista the “Medal of honor” established for Italian civilians and militaries deported and interned in nazi concentration camps.

 

Central Database of Shoah Victims Names

http://www.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/IY_HON_Welcome

About Italian Division “Acqui” and Kefalonia Slaughter

http://www.associazioneacqui.it/

http://www.divisioneacqui.com/

http://www.mediterraneoass.com/

About Kefalonia:

http://kefaloniablog.com/2012/01/26/a-few-thoughts-on-kefalonia/

GIO’ POMODORO: THE PATH OF A GREAT SCULPTOR

 Monferrato area (Italy): events and shows to celebrate the great master of international sculpture

 

” Gio Pomodoro, The path of a sculptor: 1954-2001″ is the theme of one of the most important exhibitions devoted to the celebrated Italian sculptor. The show opened on December 7, in Alessandria (Piemonte, Italy) and it will continue in the enchanting Monferrato area. Villas, Palaces and Museums will become a sort of network by which people may approach the works of the great master of international sculpture. The events started in Alessandria and they’ll also reach Acqui Terme, Novi Ligure, Valenza, Tortona and Casale Monferrato.

During the great show, which involves nine venues, will be exhibited 173 works, offering a trip back in cognitive poetics and aesthetics of the monumental and magnificent works of Gio’ Pomodoro, whose intellectual roots, mathematics and philosophy, have been recognized and appreciated throughout the world. The event is sponsored by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Alessandria and by public institution of the Monferrato area. The exhibition is curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Giuliana Godio. In Alessandria, at Palazzo del Monferrato – a rare example of a blend of Baroque and Expressionism – are exhibited, as well as the monumental work “Grande Ghibellina”, 12 bronze, stone and marble sculptures, and a major series of watercolors. Palazzo Guasco Carlo Carra Gallery is hosting 5 bronze and stone sculptures and a series of designs on paper.

At Palazzo Cuttica, now the Civic Museum, are presented small and medium-size sculptures as well as the monumental work “Sole deposto”, that is installed at the entrance of the building. In the courtyard of the Paris Chamber of Commerce is featured another monumental bronze sculpture: “Colloqui con il figlio”. The event is a sort of a great museum spread on Alessandria land. The exhibition is showing Gio’ Pomodoro ‘s genius in sculpture, paintings, watercolors, and jewels. Marco Meneguzzo, events curator, says that Gio’ Pomodoro has been always moved between the absolutes that define the “human” category : the space and history. The events will end in April 30, 2011.

 

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