THE AESTHETICS OF DECOMPOSITION: “THAT “BEAUTY ZONE” WHERE THERE IS AN OPTIMAL MIX OF ORDER AND DISORDER”

Roberto Alborghetti - Lacer/actions 2012

Roberto Alborghetti - Lacer/actions 2012

Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions 2012

Roberto Alborghetti - Lacer/actions 2012

Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions 2012

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS, Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Signs

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Fellow blogger Nannus (Andreas Keller nick name) – see his blog Asifoscopefound my Lacer/actions pages and wrote some interesting comments about my works which represents, as you know, torn and decomposed publicity posters and urban tokens. I’m pleased to share his precious thoughts concerning the concepts of decomposition, art and beauty.       

By Nannus

If you had told me that (Lacer/actions) is art from the 1950s “Informel” school of art or Sam Francis or anything like this, I would  have believed it 🙂 Incredibly beautiful!

Human-made things are often structured in an orderly fashion. On decomposing, disorder is being added. At some point, this process reaches a stage of just the right mixture of order and disorder for our perception to create the experience of beauty. This also happens on the decomposition of organisms (like leafs, for example). There is an aesthetics of decomposition as a result.

One addendum to my previous comment: part of the order may comes from the decomposition process itself, so while the original, human-made order is destroyed, temporarily the object might go through a stage with some decomposition-caused order, e.g. a network of cracks forming some fractal pattern that has random properties but also some kind of regularity (examples in some of these  Roberto Alborghetti Canvases). At some point, the object moves through a “beauty zone”, where there is an optimal mix of order and disorder.

It is stunning how the results resemble art styles like Abstract Impressionism, Informel and the like.

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Nannus theoretical musings about this topic can be found here: http://asifoscope.org/2012/11/25/393/

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SIGNS OF A CITY : AN UNUSUAL (AND PUBLIC) “ART INSTALLATION” IN THE VERY HEART OF AMSTERDAM…

I usually catch my “Lacer/actions” – Images Of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Tokens – in the most strange places of the world. But what I recently saw in Amsterdam city centre is really interesting. Near the Royal Palace and Magna Plaza Shopping Center, there was a big iron container in which workers were putting every sort of materials (they were renewing the tram railway). Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

On the big container sides I saw an incredible series of signs, shapes and colors created and originated by weather conditions (rain, sun, humidity, frost…) and by wear (and tear) of time. I show here a very little selection of the images series I took around the big container. I like to repeat that all my “Lacer/actions” works are realistic, natural and not manipulated pictures. So enjoy a natural and unusual “Art installation” in the very heart of Amsterdam City.

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A MODERN ART INSTALLATION? NO, IT’S ONLY A DISFIGURED TRAFFIC SIGN IN ROME…

 

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During a recent visit to Rome I was captured by a sort of “open air art installation” which showed a stunning colors palette… Really incredible colors and abstract for my “Lacer/actions” research about torn posters and urban signs.

As you may see now, that “thing” where I took my images from ( see my previous post: Pure abstract in Rome from an astonishing open air art installation ) was a disfigured traffic sign. It was located in Rome centre, along Via Cavour.

When I saw it, I was really struck by the way rain, sun, pollution, flyers, glue, paper residuals, spray paint , stickers and even some chewing gums grasped at it. It seemed that everything and everyone – intentionally or carelessly –  attacked it ruthlessly…

Yes, that defaced traffic sign may be considered as an example of urban vandalism, a proof of the urban degrade or a sign of some human uneasiness (and the fact that passers-by didn’t noticed it at all, confirms my thoughts). Anyway, it was a rare expression of a big City life. So, enjoy some other images from this spontaneous and public art installation in which it’s possible to trace colors and shapes reminding us some modern art streams and artists… They are natural, realistic and not manipulated images (as all the 40.000 pics I took so far for my project). Sorry, but I like to “unmask” contemporary art…. 

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UNA “INSTALLAZIONE” DI ARTE MODERNA? NO, E’ SOLO UN SEGNALE STRADALE DETURPATO… 

Ecco l’incredibile “cosa” da cui ho realizzato la serie di immagini astratte per il mio progetto “Lacer/azioni”. E’ un segnale stradale deturpato, che ho scoperto nel pieno centro di Roma. Tutto e tutti  vi si sono accaniti – sole, pioggia, smog, spray, carte e perfino cicche di gomma americana – fino a trasformarne i contenuti e la sua ragione di essere. Sicuramente è lo specchio di una città. Si potrà anche dire che è il segno del degrado urbano e dei vandalismi. E’ comunque il riflesso di uno stato (e magari di un disagio). Ed è sicuramente una  incredibile ed anomala installazione fatta di immagini casuali di puro stile astratto.

“DREAMS & LACER/ACTIONS”: THERAPEUTICAL HAIGA # 1 BY MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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Dandelion winds

    Swirl April blossoms wildly.

    Tangos in the night.

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Space drips, light bends gold.

     Lavender boughs lift lightly.

     Birth swirls around me.

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Morning lamplight glows.

    Shadow curtains lace the glass.

    Drip dot April blooms.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

 

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These beautiful and evocative verses created by fellow blogger Meredith – healingminds@WordPress.com – begin a four compositions series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga. This collaborative project, born from the web, delivered in this post, also celebrates my One Year Anniversary at WordPress: I began this blog exactly one year ago on May 9, 2011.

Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (Usa) – shared a preview about my most recent images I took from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in Netherlands and Italy. And she began to create verses…            

Meredith wrote this note about this creative experience: “I sit and sit with words, slips of paper, and dreams. Several thoughts came together on this picture, so far. I see a dancer, the dazzle of her dress made brilliant by a stage light.  Her lavender skirting and stage dust shake the brilliance of movement in all directions. Also, the soft, vibrant gold reminds me of Gustav Klimt. It’s like a view from beyond a pane of glass, spotted with raindrops. The warm glow of lamplight in early morning.  A rumpled quilt of lilac blooms splatter lavender shimmers in the early light of day. These are some of my thoughts, so far… These photos bring dreams!”

The first “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses comes from an Amsterdam street. It’s a realistic, natural and not manipulated or enhanced image. My eyes found it near a door where someone probably (and carelessly) left paint drops…

Now that spontaneous and casual scene has become a visual art piece suggesting beautiful and fascinating verses: I thank  Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception. Yes, pictures for healingminds…

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.