Manuele Cerutti is attuned to the materiality of common objects, showcasing the inherent value of these objects through painting. His artmaking ritual involves sourcing his subjects from amidst everyday life, and then arranging them into de-contextualised physical compositions. This action recalls the workings of Arte Povera in the 1960s, when artists sought to challenge valuations of art by incorporating unconventional materials, such as soil twigs, and waste, into their work. However, where these movements favor common materials because they are valueless, Cerutti cherishes such objects because they are uncommonly valuable. In Cerutti’s practice, sculptural arrangements are translated into the language of oil painting, affirming mundane sights as deserving of the care and value traditionally associated with old masters.
The unfortunate sight of plastic caught upon branches or other structures is an ubiquitous sight in urban areas; In La Forza Del Sogno, The Power of Dream, Cerutti recasts this circumstance in the manner of assemblage. The resulting image appears foreign while emulating the familiar; a lurching limb bends to probe a translucent, indefinite clear plastic object form across the picture plane, the cast shadow upon the back wall representing a gnarled, snake-like form. When encountered in common life, these objects are vested with communal concerns. By de-contextualising these humble materials from their situation in public, Cerutti presents them in the manner of portraiture. Replicating the sights of modern life through innovative compositions and masterful painting, Cerutti gives viewers cause to reconsider the aesthetic value inherent to unlikely forms.