Incredible performance tonight at the Center for the Arts by Gallam Dance.
Taking my seat in the front row of the balcony between two families with small children I was certain the evening could go any number of ways. Sipping on my house red (among an audience of many doing the same) I listened to the credits, the presenter’s thank you’s and welcomed the performance with a single handed gentle clap as my other hand maintained its grasp on the plastic cup of diminishing wine.
I’d have put the wine down had I known what was immanently ahead.
Abstract at first, representational in parts, maturely theatrical…
"Ratio" from Murat Sayginer
Daniele Cestari (b.1983, Italy)
Daniele is a native to Ferrara, Italy where he studied at the liceo scientifico and then went on to complete a degree in Architecture and Urban Environmental Planning. Cestari insists that one must understand his work, first and foremost, as that of “an architect who paints”. Having never undertaken any formal art training, Cestari renders onto the canvas his architectural passions – his fascination with the energy of the urban environment. His carefully crafted perspectives invite the viewer into the all-consuming momentum of the cityscape, alive with texture. The dynamism of Cestari’s loose brushstrokes and blurred canvases evoke the city as a living entity, constantly in flux. Yet they also lend his scenes a wonderful sense of opacity; keeping the observer at arm’s length, they are the perfect acknowledgment of the impersonal nature of the metropolis, with its hidden away existences and shuttered private lives. Cestari uses various mediums together – oils, pencils, acrylic and varnishes – to create a work as varied as the city itself. Often he begins his work with less than pristine canvases – old, degraded, stitched and imbued with their own history – and he works to unite these pre-existing traces into his work. For Cestari, we are the paintbrushes and pencils within our own cities, each footstep down a street adding to the history of traces left before.