Manuele Cerutti, born 1976, is a painter based in Turin, Italy. Through his practice, Cerutti questions the ephemeral balance between object and space, studying the way the two complement one another through the depiction of commonplace objects.
The ambiance in this painting is lit with a nostalgic light; the paper bag, put upside-down on a surface, looks old and worn out – a square cut into the corner of the bag reveals a few objects resembling coffee cups, partially hidden by the paper and the shadow it casts over them.
The peculiarity of the composition is striking as Cerutti plays with it; his intervention is clear as he leads the viewer’s gaze inside the bag, to the coffee cups – seemingly placed with the intention of reinventing the bag as a coffee machine.
Cerutti’s artistic practice arises from his intricate philosophical thoughts; the portraiture of ordinary objects doesn’t trivialise his higher thinking, but rather, elevates them to the revelation of their essence.
The artist’s observation of reality surpasses the anthropocentric artistic standard, delivering, with his paintings, portraits of objects that become evanescent presences on canvas.