NEW HEADER: THE VORTEX AND THE MASK (PRIMARY COLORS)

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VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN #4, THE VORTEX AND THE MASK (PRIMARY COLORS), COLLAGE ON THE MASK, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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Vorticism Lockdown # 4 Roberto Alborghetti

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN #4 – COLLAGE ON THE MASK, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN / WORK #4: THE VORTEX AND THE MASK (PRIMARY COLORS)

The days of the pandemic that the world is experiencing are like a vortex that has dragged us into the abyss of the unknown, darkness and pain. We are all in the vortex. This is the image that many people – even myself – have experienced mentally, but also physically. The emergence of a terrible and unknown virus has left scorched earth around us. Many lives are gone in the silence, in the solitude, in the distance of the affections, even of a hug. We all feel the need to recover strength, energy, images of life. And to return to everyday life, surely changed.

From these thoughts this project “Vorticism: Lockdown” was born. I plunged into the vortex of the colors of the decomposed and corrupt advertising posters, to draw something new, something that opened the wings of hope. A torn and worn-out advertising poster, expired in his message, is the image of these times overwhelmed by the fury of the virus. I’m in love with vorticism: I still remember a great exhibition in London, 10 years ago, at the Tate Gallery. So, I let myself be carried away by the vortex of shapes and colors. I de-structured waste paper strips and re-structured them into 3 small works. I call them collages. I presented them to you, with images and video clips. Today, here is the fourth and final work of the project. I think it doesn’t need comments. The protective mask is and will increasingly be a symbol of these months and of this phase that we are all experiencing. So I imagined a vortex of primary colors, the fundamental colors, as an antidote to the grayness of fear (all the pieces of paper are always waste paper of torn publicity posters).

“Vorticism” is the avant-garde movement which was influenced by the tensions of the early twentieth century, with desires and expectations of renewal. Vorticism, in depicting vortex shapes, wants to express the concept of energy and strength by inserting movement and dynamism into art. A group of “vorticists” was founded by the artist, writer and polemicist, Wyndham Lewis in 1914. Their only group exhibition was held in London the following year. Vorticism was launched by Blast  magazine which contained  two manifestos by Lewis ‘blasting’ what he considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic: ‘The New Vortex plunges to the heart of the Present, we produce a New Living Abstraction’.

The “Vorticism: Lockdown” exhibition aims to pay homage to the intuitions and sense of an avant-garde movement which, precisely in the lockdown phase for the emergence of the coronavirus, indicates a desire of re-birth, of re-launch and, why not ?, of re-volt of culture, lifestyles, behaviors and values, respecting the person, the human dimension and the natural balance of the planet.

THE VORTEX AND THE MASK (PRIMARY COLORS)

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN #4 – COLLAGE ON THE MASK, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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I giorni della pandemia che il mondo sta vivendo sono come un vortice che ci ha trascinati dentro l’abisso dell’incognito, dell’oscurità e del dolore. Nel vortice ci siamo tutti, nessuno escluso. E’ questa l’immagine che tanta gente – anche io stesso – ha vissuto mentalmente, ma anche fisicamente. L’emergenza di un virus terribile e sconosciuto, ha lasciato attorno a noi terra bruciata. Tante vite se ne sono andate nel silenzio, nella solitudine, nella distanza degli affetti, perfino di un abbraccio. Sentiamo tutti la necessità di recuperare forze, energie, immagini di vita. E di tornare alla quotidianità, sicuramente cambiati.

Da questi pensieri è nato questo progetto “Vorticism:Lockdown”. Mi sono tuffato nel vortice dei colori dei manifesti pubblicitari decomposti e corrotti, per trarre qualcosa di nuovo, qualcosa che aprisse le ali della speranza. Un manifesto pubblicitario strappato e logoro, scaduto nel suo messaggio, è l’immagine di questi tempi travolti dalla furia del virus. Io, innamorato del vorticismo, mi sono lasciato trasportare dal vortice di forme e colori. Ho de-strutturato strisce di carta straccia e le ho ri-strutturate in 3 piccole opere. Li chiamo collage. Ve li ho presentati, con immagini e videoclip. Oggi, il quarto lavoro rappresentata il simbolo di queste giornate di pandemia: la maschera protettiva, che ho immaginato nel design di un vortice di colori primari.

La mostra online “Vorticismo: Lockdown” vuole essere un omaggio alle intuizioni e al senso di un movimento d’avanguardia che, proprio nella fase del “blocco totale” per l’emergenza del coronavirus, indica desiderio di ri-nascita, di ri-lancio e, perchè no?, di ri-volta culturale, comportamentale e valoriale, con il recupero della dimensione umana e nel rispetto degli equilibri naturali del Pianeta.

THE VORTEX AND THE WINGS OF HOPE

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN / WORK #3: THE VORTEX AND THE WINGS OF HOPE

The days of the pandemic that the world is experiencing are like a vortex that has dragged us into the abyss of the unknown, darkness and pain. We are all in the vortex. This is the image that many people – even myself – have experienced mentally, but also physically. The emergence of a terrible and unknown virus has left scorched earth around us. Many lives are gone in the silence, in the solitude, in the distance of the affections, even of a hug. We all feel the need to recover strength, energy, images of life. And to return to everyday life, surely changed.

From these thoughts this project “Vorticism: Lockdown” was born. I plunged into the vortex of the colors of the decomposed and corrupt advertising posters, to draw something new, something that opened the wings of hope. A torn and worn-out advertising poster, expired in his message, is the image of these times overwhelmed by the fury of the virus. I’m in love with vorticism: I still remember a great exhibition in London, 10 years ago, at the Tate Gallery. So, I let myself be carried away by the vortex of shapes and colors. I de-structured waste paper strips and re-structured them into 3 small works. I call them collages. I present them to you, with photos and videoclips. Then, the fourth artwork, it will be a surprise.

“Vorticism” is the avant-garde movement which was influenced by the tensions of the early twentieth century, with desires and expectations of renewal. Vorticism, in depicting vortex shapes, wants to express the concept of energy and strength by inserting movement and dynamism into art. A group of “vorticists” was founded by the artist, writer and polemicist, Wyndham Lewis in 1914. Their only group exhibition was held in London the following year. Vorticism was launched by Blast  magazine which contained  two manifestos by Lewis ‘blasting’ what he considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic: ‘The New Vortex plunges to the heart of the Present, we produce a New Living Abstraction’.

The “Vorticism: Lockdown” exhibition aims to pay homage to the intuitions and sense of an avant-garde movement which, precisely in the lockdown phase for the emergence of the coronavirus, indicates a desire of re-birth, of re-launch and, why not ?, of re-volt of culture, lifestyles, behaviors and values, respecting the person, the human dimension and the natural balance of the planet.

THE VORTEX AND THE WINGS OF HOPE

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN #3 – COLLAGE, 25 X 20,5, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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I giorni della pandemia che il mondo sta vivendo sono come un vortice che ci ha trascinati dentro l’abisso dell’incognito, dell’oscurità e del dolore. Nel vortice ci siamo tutti, nessuno escluso. E’ questa l’immagine che tanta gente – anche io stesso – ha vissuto mentalmente, ma anche fisicamente. L’emergenza di un virus terribile e sconosciuto, ha lasciato attorno a noi terra bruciata. Tante vite se ne sono andate nel silenzio, nella solitudine, nella distanza degli affetti, perfino di un abbraccio. Sentiamo tutti la necessità di recuperare forze, energie, immagini di vita. E di tornare alla quotidianità, sicuramente cambiati.

Da questi pensieri è nato questo progetto “Vorticism:Lockdown”. Mi sono tuffato nel vortice dei colori dei manifesti pubblicitari decomposti e corrotti, per trarre qualcosa di nuovo, qualcosa che aprisse le ali della speranza. Un manifesto pubblicitario strappato e logoro, scaduto nel suo messaggio, è l’immagine di questi tempi travolti dalla furia del virus. Io, innamorato del vorticismo, mi sono lasciato trasportare dal vortice di forme e colori. Ho de-strutturato strisce di carta straccia e le ho ri-strutturate in 3 piccole opere. Li chiamo collage. Ve li presento, con immagini e videoclip. Poi, il quarto lavoro, sarà una sorpresa.

La mostra online “Vorticismo: Lockdown” vuole essere un omaggio alle intuizioni e al senso di un movimento d’avanguardia che, proprio nella fase del “blocco totale” per l’emergenza del coronavirus, indica desiderio di ri-nascita, di ri-lancio e, perchè no?, di ri-volta culturale, comportamentale e valoriale, con il recupero della dimensione umana e nel rispetto degli equilibri naturali del Pianeta.

THE VORTEX AND THE WINGS OF HOPE

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN / WORK #2: THE VORTEX AND THE FURY

The days of the pandemic that the world is experiencing are like a vortex that has dragged us into the abyss of the unknown, darkness and pain. We are all in the vortex. This is the image that many people – even myself – have experienced mentally, but also physically. The emergence of a terrible and unknown virus has left scorched earth around us. Many lives are gone in the silence, in the solitude, in the distance of the affections, even of a hug. We all feel the need to recover strength, energy, images of life. And to return to everyday life, surely changed.

From these thoughts this project “Vorticism: Lockdown” was born. I plunged into the vortex of the colors of the decomposed and corrupt advertising posters, to draw something new, something that opened the wings of hope. A torn and worn-out advertising poster, expired in his message, is the image of these times overwhelmed by the fury of the virus. I’m in love with vorticism: I still remember a great exhibition in London, 10 years ago, at the Tate Gallery. So, I let myself be carried away by the vortex of shapes and colors. I de-structured waste paper strips and re-structured them into 3 small works. I call them collages. I present them to you, with photos and videoclips. Then, the fourth artwork, it will be a surprise.

“Vorticism” is the avant-garde movement which was influenced by the tensions of the early twentieth century, with desires and expectations of renewal. Vorticism, in depicting vortex shapes, wants to express the concept of energy and strength by inserting movement and dynamism into art. A group of “vorticists” was founded by the artist, writer and polemicist, Wyndham Lewis in 1914. Their only group exhibition was held in London the following year. Vorticism was launched by Blast  magazine which contained  two manifestos by Lewis ‘blasting’ what he considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic: ‘The New Vortex plunges to the heart of the Present, we produce a New Living Abstraction’.

The “Vorticism: Lockdown” exhibition aims to pay homage to the intuitions and sense of an avant-garde movement which, precisely in the lockdown phase for the emergence of the coronavirus, indicates a desire of re-birth, of re-launch and, why not ?, of re-volt of culture, lifestyles, behaviors and values, respecting the person, the human dimension and the natural balance of the planet.

THE VORTEX AND THE FURY / IL VORTICE E LA FURIA

 

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN # 2 – COLLAGE, 25 X 20,5, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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I giorni della pandemia che il mondo sta vivendo sono come un vortice che ci ha trascinati dentro l’abisso dell’incognito, dell’oscurità e del dolore. Nel vortice ci siamo tutti, nessuno escluso. E’ questa l’immagine che tanta gente – anche io stesso – ha vissuto mentalmente, ma anche fisicamente. L’emergenza di un virus terribile e sconosciuto, ha lasciato attorno a noi terra bruciata. Tante vite se ne sono andate nel silenzio, nella solitudine, nella distanza degli affetti, perfino di un abbraccio. Sentiamo tutti la necessità di recuperare forze, energie, immagini di vita. E di tornare alla quotidianità, sicuramente cambiati.

Da questi pensieri è nato questo progetto “Vorticism:Lockdown”. Mi sono tuffato nel vortice dei colori dei manifesti pubblicitari decomposti e corrotti, per trarre qualcosa di nuovo, qualcosa che aprisse le ali della speranza. Un manifesto pubblicitario strappato e logoro, scaduto nel suo messaggio, è l’immagine di questi tempi travolti dalla furia del virus. Io, innamorato del vorticismo, mi sono lasciato trasportare dal vortice di forme e colori. Ho de-strutturato strisce di carta straccia e le ho ri-strutturate in 3 piccole opere. Li chiamo collage. Ve li presento, con immagini e videoclip. Poi, il quarto lavoro, sarà una sorpresa.

La mostra online “Vorticismo: Lockdown” vuole essere un omaggio alle intuizioni e al senso di un movimento d’avanguardia che, proprio nella fase del “blocco totale” per l’emergenza del coronavirus, indica desiderio di ri-nascita, di ri-lancio e, perchè no?, di ri-volta culturale, comportamentale e valoriale, con il recupero della dimensione umana e nel rispetto degli equilibri naturali del Pianeta.

VORTICISM:LOCKDOWN / WORK #1: GEOMETRIES OF A VORTEX

The days of the pandemic that the world is experiencing are like a vortex that has dragged us into the abyss of the unknown, darkness and pain. We are all in the vortex. This is the image that many people – even myself – have experienced mentally, but also physically. The emergence of a terrible and unknown virus has left scorched earth around us. Many lives are gone in the silence, in the solitude, in the distance of the affections, even of a hug. We all feel the need to recover strength, energy, images of life. And to return to everyday life, surely changed.

From these thoughts this project “Vorticism: Lockdown” was born. I plunged into the vortex of the colors of the decomposed and corrupt advertising posters, to draw something new, something that opened the wings of hope. A torn and worn-out advertising poster, expired in his message, is the image of these times overwhelmed by the fury of the virus. I’m in love with vorticism: I still remember a great exhibition in London, 10 years ago, at the Tate Gallery. So, I let myself be carried away by the vortex of shapes and colors. I de-structured waste paper strips and re-structured them into 3 small works. I call them collages. From today I present them to you, with photos and videoclips. Then, the fourth artwork, it will be a surprise.

“Vorticism” is the avant-garde movement which was influenced by the tensions of the early twentieth century, with desires and expectations of renewal. Vorticism, in depicting vortex shapes, wants to express the concept of energy and strength by inserting movement and dynamism into art. A group of “vorticists” was founded by the artist, writer and polemicist, Wyndham Lewis in 1914. Their only group exhibition was held in London the following year. Vorticism was launched by Blast  magazine which contained  two manifestos by Lewis ‘blasting’ what he considered to be the effeteness of British art and culture and proclaiming the vorticist aesthetic: ‘The New Vortex plunges to the heart of the Present, we produce a New Living Abstraction’.

The “Vorticism: Lockdown” exhibition aims to pay homage to the intuitions and sense of an avant-garde movement which, precisely in the lockdown phase for the emergence of the coronavirus, indicates a desire of re-birth, of re-launch and, why not ?, of re-volt of culture, lifestyles, behaviors and values, respecting the person, the human dimension and the natural balance of the planet.

GEOMETRIES OF A VORTEX / GEOMETRIE DI UN VORTICE

VORTICISM: LOCKDOWN # 1 – COLLAGE, 25 X 20,5, MADE OF WASTE PAPER OF PUBLICITY POSTERS, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

 

 

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I giorni della pandemia che il mondo sta vivendo sono come un vortice che ci ha trascinati dentro l’abisso dell’incognito, dell’oscurità e del dolore. Nel vortice ci siamo tutti, nessuno escluso. E’ questa l’immagine che tanta gente – anche io stesso – ha vissuto mentalmente, ma anche fisicamente. L’emergenza di un virus terribile e sconosciuto, ha lasciato attorno a noi terra bruciata. Tante vite se ne sono andate nel silenzio, nella solitudine, nella distanza degli affetti, perfino di un abbraccio. Sentiamo tutti la necessità di recuperare forze, energie, immagini di vita. E di tornare alla quotidianità, sicuramente cambiati.

Da questi pensieri è nato questo progetto “Vorticism:Lockdown”. Mi sono tuffato nel vortice dei colori dei manifesti pubblicitari decomposti e corrotti, per trarre qualcosa di nuovo, qualcosa che aprisse le ali della speranza. Un manifesto pubblicitario strappato e logoro, scaduto nel suo messaggio, è l’immagine di questi tempi travolti dalla furia del virus. Io, innamorato del vorticismo, mi sono lasciato trasportare dal vortice di forme e colori. Ho de-strutturato strisce di carta straccia e le ho ri-strutturate in 3 piccole opere. Li chiamo collage. Da oggi ve li presento, con immagini e videoclip. Poi, il quarto lavoro, sarà una sorpresa.

La mostra online “Vorticismo: Lockdown” vuole essere un omaggio alle intuizioni e al senso di un movimento d’avanguardia che, proprio nella fase del “blocco totale” per l’emergenza del coronavirus, indica desiderio di ri-nascita, di ri-lancio e, perchè no?, di ri-volta culturale, comportamentale e valoriale, con il recupero della dimensione umana e nel rispetto degli equilibri naturali del Pianeta.

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