Manuele Cerutti could be considered as an archaeologist, or a philosopher in his observation of reality; through his practice, Cerutti meditates on the precarious balance of objects in a space in the attempt of carving out their essence.
In Terzo Tentativo – Third Attempt – Cerutti evokes a frail sense of suspension: the inert objects become actors, evanescent presences on the canvas, emerging from the artist’s contemplation of balance and space.
All the subjects transcend their ordinary use as they appear suspended – carefully positioned on the edge of a desk that also acts as the limit of the known world, as it blurs into the darkness of the unknown.
Here, the shovel is counterbalanced by two weights, as it perilously leans over the edge of the table; the entire act appears meticulously studied and practiced, and, perhaps, with the title, Cerutti describes the third attempt of creating such a precarious composition.
Even though the position of the subjects evokes tension, under Cerutti’s vision, the objects assume a newly found stillness – a composition that, if left untouched, would probably last forever.