Cesare Callegari, born 1974, graduate in Art and Communication. It’s strictly from the communication that all his work about art starts from. He’s always interested in creating social objects. Art as a way to describe his life and the lives of the people around him, taken by the places where he lives and has lived. He uses a mix of tecniques, focused mostly on 3D objects where he works on different scales. He uses plaster of different texutures, artificial self made resins, different kind of metal wires and nails, paper, varnish and acrilic paints.
He tends to test one by one each material and to combine different mixtures of the same material in order to obtain the best results for each of them. That’s because every single material has to run around and fit perfectly the concept for which the object is created.
He’s fascinated by the psychological acts of the people. About the cause-and-effect by which things happen in the everyday life. About the reasons of general or specific behaviour. And he tries to translate these feelings in the objects he produces.
His work is deeply inspired by the music, especially the punk, dark and the new wave culture of the 80’s and can be considered always in a goth view, but read under his will to be playful. His main focus is to create objects that can be easily read by people as reflection of their own reality. That’s why he’s always in his own personal challenge in finding more usable and smartest way to express in sculpting, painting and even in poetry: he has published his first collection of poetry in 2009 and he is finishing the second book.
“HAPPINESS IS NOT DESERVED vs. CATHEDRALS IN MY HEART”
« In this project, that I have composed as a path, I tried to represent the struggle every human must face every day in order to reach and maintain their freedom.
The struggle between those that are external impositions that, at various ages and in various stages of our lives we have been assigned to different figures and reality, and the internal drives that we were born with and that ancestrally accompany mankind in its evolution.
Ii is given as assumed the fact that, for his own evolution, man must be able to mediate between these two aspects of life: personal fulfillment (consisting of various factors such as the sentimental, the sexual, the business and economic) and what that the society that surrounds it (starting from the first idea of society set up by the mother/infant up to the concept of global society) considers as its values.
It may happen that, in the course of these mediations, and because of the most various events, the man cannot find a balance (whether related to the overall situation or to a particular situation), and then he finds himself unbalanced. In this way, the individual is likely to be crushed by guilt in one of its various representations (given that guilt can take many forms and go to hit different realities depending on the subject in which is revealed), because the society today is a society that (as perhaps never before has happened) does not allow the error. And unfortunately, increasingly peppered with rules increasingly complex, there is a growing difficulty to listen to our instinctual part. Weighed down by guilt, the man finds himself more and more away from the joy of instinct, spontaneity and originality of being.
And that is why I conceived this project, « dividing » it in three sections: the first section consists of the crosses that go to symbolise the sense of guilt, a second section in which these « exploded cubes » want to represent the “unsuppressibleness” of joy, a third and final section that consists of detailed photographs of the objects of the first two sections, printed on polymer photo mounted on aluminum foil with a mirror finish, so that the person who observes this mirrors can see himself reflected in those details and deepen with the image of himself, what is the struggle between imposition and instinct in his being.»
“DIALOGUE” – le dialogue de la solitude dans le couple actuel
“This project was born from my desire to give form to an aspect of what I believe is one of the most complex realities to which human nature is called to measure itself: the couple. The couple who, by its own sense, is a set consisting of two individuals.
Today more than ever, I note that the loving couple is losing its meaning of stable and secure entity, giving way to more modern and different experiences that bind two individuals. And I realise, from my experiences and from the experiences of those around me, that the couple is becoming increasingly a « place » where you can easily feel alone.
It is in particular about this fact that my thoughts have focused and brought me to make these objects: the special kind of loneliness that you can experience only when you are in a couple. That may seem a paradox, given that the couple is by its own sense a « place » where you should not be alone. The first of my observations concerns my own experience: both my previous partner and the current one, have shown as their greatest fear, the act of « being left ». I was very impressed about their common yearning, and still I ask myself the question I was offered at the time that this fear was revealed to me: is it worse to be left or not being loved? Being abandoned by the person we love is scary, that’s for sure, but I would find myself much more afraid to feel « trapped » in a couple where the person that I love ceases to love me.
And according to this last reflection, I wonder if our model of love is changing. I am the son of a generation that used to be married « until death do us part », but I realize now that this model of love has been handed down, cause probably it is not flexible enough for what is our society.
The couple as we have known, as we have been taught, has become a model too rigid, absolutely not flexible and adaptable on what are our needs.
And here comes to my mind the loneliness that can develop within the couple. From the fact that the model that has been handed down, was the one in which we see us always placed within pair in which you share Love, Friendship, Complicity, Consolation. I believe that, to date, it is very difficult to live our whole complexity of individuals with one person for a long period of time. We live in a society that changes every day, and despite the way we love is eternal (I speak in particular about myself, because who has been the object of my love has never stopped to be, even if the couple is over), perhaps our necessities and those who from time to time appear to us as being our « absolute needs », are evolving with this changing society. Or maybe because we are more careful to listen to our needs and groped by pandering them from time to time. Or perhaps because we have an array of wider alternatives and, more attainable at the same time. All these balances are very difficult to understand and the problems coming from them are of difficult solution. I have simply decided to report what I have observed: in our couples loneliness becomes alive and pulsating. And these objects just want to be the reflection of this. And perhaps a symbol of hope: the loneliness (in and out of the couple) is not an invincible enemy.
“IF A CRASH TEST DUMMY COULD CHOOSE: 9 VISIONS”
«9 Visions/9 Plays: The project is about the loss of importance of the manhood in our late times: i’ve made quite my way through that, based on my experience matched up with the medical opinion of a psychologist and sex therapist, doctor Raffaele Bifulco. he followed the creation of each sculpture and compared them with his working experience, taking concepts his patients express and giving to them his medical view. That’s why every sculpture comes with a medical description of the kind of manhood it rapresents. »
The common shape resulted from 2 references:
- The movie “L’ultima donna” by director Marco Ferreri (with Gerard Depardieu and Ornella Muti), in the final scene in which depardieu cuts his penis, as to cut away the origin of all his problems.
- the book “Il nome della rosa” by author Umberto Eco. The main character of the book claims that when the rose has passed its beauty, the only memory is its scent.
In every vision you will find written all the artworks description plus size/materials/medical comment.