Cesare Botti
Thesis: Between Ruining Buildings and Building Ruins

Cesare’s work forms a parasitic relationship to the city it is made and shown within, stemming from sustained curiosity towards abandoned spaces, structures and buildings. The remnants of modular industrial processes, such as PVC banners and insulation materials, are extricated from these contemporary ruins, to be designated a new status through display tactics and further modification. Neo-classical techniques such as carving and weaving are employed alongside graffiti aesthetics and schematic diagrams, producing objects that get termed, somewhat anachronistically, reliefs or carpets. These works then allow for an ornamental language to emerge stubbornly out of the discarded and the overlooked, happily at odds with their original appropriated sources. Throughout his practice then, there is an ironic streak towards the expectations of the different roles of an artist, and the negotiation between these positions is constantly in dialogue through a process of mimicking and stealing. From studio to streets, institutional to illicit.  

Dan Walwin