Proprioception, the Italian artist Manuele Cerutti’s first solo show in the UK, opened on March 31st at the Italian Cultural Institute (ICI) in London. The exhibition is curated by Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, founder of ARTUNER.
Proprioception marks a further deepening of Cerutti’s investigation of the object and the world, through painting, his medium of choice. The term ‘proprioception’ designates the set of sensory experiences related to the movements of body parts, and their position in space: in essence, a ‘primitive’ form, one that is non-conceptual, of consciousness of the self, already far along on the road to subjectivity.
In the series of works presented at the ICI, human figuration has been absorbed by the object, which not only represents a human extension, but has gained his most peculiar faculties. From these works, there emerges a proposal for a new way of looking at the world of objects. As if they were something with a meaning beyond the use they are able to provide; something that has its own subjectivity, and that goes a long way to affirm and defend it. It thus seems natural to interpret actual ‘proprioceptive’ behaviours in the objects depicted within this body of work, such as the adoption of unusual postures (different than those we give them when we use them): the laborious maintenance of immobility – but also tests and exercises of balance.
Manuele Cerutti (b. 1976) is an Italian artist based in Turin, who already has a long and rich exhibition history, characterised by international collaborations, with numerous exhibitions in prestigious institutions and galleries, including the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), GAM (Turin), 401contemporary (Berlin) and Guido Costa Project (Turin).
The private view on March 30th included a panel discussion, featuring: the artist Manuele Cerutti, Marco Delogu, Director of the ICI, Gregor Muir, Executive Director of the ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, founder of ARTUNER. The four speakers introduced Proprioception and Cerutti’s practice, they discussed the mutual relationship between the artist and the context in which he operates, as well as the history and the future of painting, with a comparison between the different artistic environments in Europe and beyond. You can watch a short video of the panel discussion by clicking here.
To discover more about Manuele Cerutti’s practice and his relationship to objects, watch the video ‘In the Studio with Manuele Cerutti‘.
Manuele Cerutti, Proprioception
The Italian Cultural Institute, London
39 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8NX
Exhibition Dates: March 31st – May 12th, 2016
Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm