ARTUNER is very pleased to introduce the work of Manuele Cerutti for the first time in Belgium, with a focused presentation of his work which opened April 17, 2018 at 67 rue de la Régence, Brussels, Belgium.
Open Thursday to Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Until: 5th May 2018
Independent Régence, Rue de la Régence, 67 1000 Brussels
Manuele Cerutti’s pictorial practice is characterised by a focused interest for the world of objects. In fact, his still life compositions, clearly reminiscent of Flemish painting in their palette, may be perceived more as portraits of unlikely sitters, than depictions of inanimate matter. Indeed, it is an integral part of Cerutti’s artistic outlook to consider objects as unburdened by their practical function and subservient relationship to human beings. It is in such moments, when people are not present, that these “actors” take on new, ontological meaning. Cafetieres, tools, bits of wood and unrecognisable memorabilia all appear in Cerutti’s sombre environments, as if lit by an inner, vibrant light.
These seemingly random objects, that were mostly collected by the artist during his walks, or simply accumulated through life in the studio, become the protagonists of Cerutti’s paintings, ascending, from oblivion, to the realm of art. It is therefore unsurprising that the few humans that make an appearance in Cerutti’s work look eccentric, unexpected - out of place. Indeed it can be suggested that even human figuration has been absorbed by the object, which no longer represents a human extensions, but has gained his most peculiar faculties.
As the visitor contemplates Cerutti’s pared down compositions, the verses of the great Italian poet Eugenio Montale come to mind:
See, in these silences when things
Let themselves go and seem almost
To reveal their final secret,
We sometimes expect
To discover a flaw in Nature,
The world’s dead point, the link that doesn’t hold,
The thread that, disentangled, might at last lead us
To the center of a truth.
(The Lemon Trees, in Cuttlefish Bones 1925)
It is the quiet, spare nature of the artist’s paintings that is so fascinating. They offer a peek of what inanimate life is like when man is removed from the scene: these great silences, full of wonder and meaning, inaccessible to all, except through Cerutti’s work.
Manuele Cerutti (b. 1976) is an Italian artist who graduated from the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin, in 2001. In 2004 he was awarded the Illy Present Future prize. He currently lives and works in Turin.