Manuele Cerutti, born in 1976, is a painter living and practicing in Turin. The artist’s higher thinking shines through the paint strokes; the subjects, often inert objects, are transformed and become evocative actors as he tries to carve out their true essence. His awareness of fallibility, however, sits at the core of his practice as the observation of perfect stillness in reality is fleeting, almost impossible to depict on canvas.
The relationship between subject and space is a core subject for Cerutti. The two subjects, placed on a flat surface, appear to be on the edge of the unknown as the darkness of the background looms over them.
The concept of balance between subjects and space is overtly addressed in La Folla (Personaggio Secondo) – The Crowd (Second Character); the two elements visually counterbalance one another, as the plate is flat and spreading horizontally and the statue next to it is stretching upwards.
In the ambiguous coexistence of the two subjects, Cerutti meditates on their relationship with space and the stillness of the present, as the two appear stuck in a limbo where time doesn’t exist.