“LITTLE BRIGHT STAR, YOU’RE THERE TO SHOW US THE WAY” (DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES)

For the “Music and Images” series, here is a work that is placed in the context of the Christmas atmosphere of these days. It is introduced by the sentence: “Little bright star, you’re there to show us the way” which is a quote from “Little Bright Star” song recorded by Diana Ross and the Supremes.  Written by Al Capps and Mary Dean, the track is from Merry Christmas, the seventh studio album released in November 1965 by Motown girl group. The LP, produced by Harvey Fuqua, includes recordings of familiar Christmas songs such as “White Christmas“, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town“, “My Favorite Things“, and “Joy to the World“; two originals, “Children’s Christmas Song” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me”, were issued as the sides of a late 1965 Supremes holiday single.

The phrase fits very well with my artwork “Shooting Star”, a collage ( sizes: 53×35 cms) created with more than 300 small paper pieces collected along the streets as waste material from outdoor torn and decomposed publicity posters. The compositional process is articulated in the phase of de-construction of the paper material (collected at the billboards) and its re-composition in a unitary scene using small pieces of waste paper.

The artwork was selected and donated to the 40th edition of “An exhibition for a restoration” project which intended to protect and to preserve a great piece of art by Jacopo Siculo (XVI Century), “Incoronazione della Vergine”, in the beautiful Norcia town (Perugia, Italy). My “Shooting Star” work was exhibited in Norcia from July 12, 2014 to September 7, 2014,  at Complesso monumentale San Francesco. 

Roberto Alborghetti, Christmas Card reproducing “Shooting Star” Collage.

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