Manuele Cerutti is compelled by the unseen life of common objects. Tools, tableware and assorted miscellany populate his oeuvre of oil on linen paintings. Such items, typically defined in terms of their usefulness, are re-contextualised absent of human actors. Cerutti is more interested in intra-object relationships, creating unexpected assemblages of familiar materials which he then translates into pictorial form. In this way, the innate materiality and personality of items become foremost to the viewer’s consideration, and utilitarian connotations are discounted.
Although painting is Cerutti’s preferred medium, sculpture is integral to his process. His understanding of materiality, composition, and form are showcased in the selected work, as three distinct objects are depicted in a delicate balance. La Folla, Personaggio Primo portrays a metal spoon, that bears its weight upon the narrow edge of its handle, leaning against a wooden block that is affixed to a pronounced furl of white paper. The precariousness of this balance is belied by the composition of these forms, in which the paper, despite its known weightlessness, appears as a visual counterbalance to the spoon. Italian for The Crowd, First Character, the title hints at Cerutti’s conception of each object as possessing a distinct personality and role within the frame. He employs inertia and balance to situate these objects as co-actors sharing space, and weight, and the resulting interplay is dynamic yet composed.