Manuele Cerutti, born 1976, is an Italian painter based in Turin. Through his practice, Cerutti offers a refreshing outlook on the genre of still life by representing the subject in its simplest form – elevating it to its truest essence. In the simplicity of objects sitting in a space, the artist observes the stillness of the present and finds the balance between the known and the unknown.
In La Folla, The Crowd, the daily tradition of having coffee is predictable to the point of becoming stuck in time: Cerutti describes the ritual of making coffee as an empty, unscrewed, stovetop coffee maker – going against the standardised social setting it’s usually placed in. Cerutti sees the object in its essence as he elevates it as a model, portraying it as the protagonist of the painting.
Half of the coffee maker rests against the wall, as it was probably left to dry from the washing of the day before – or a washing that just happened.
In this moment of contemplation, the audience is suspended between past and future: unable to predict what just happened or what will come next, we stand in stillness, in the present moment, only able to predict a future cup of coffee.