At the Gates of the Music Palace – Alex Cecchetti | Exhibition

At the Gates of the Music Palace – Alex Cecchetti | Exhibition

Void Gallery, Derry • 04 August – 22 September ’18 

Curated by Mary Cremin

The Void is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Alex Cecchetti. Cecchetti’s multi-disciplinary practice explores the senses through the experiential nature of his work. This exhibition brings together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation. At the Gates of the Music Palace is conceived as a 3-dimensional music concert; the different sound pieces will be set in order to respond and resonate to each other and cons2tute a kind of composition. At the Gates of the Music Palace exploits the logic of exhibitions to create an environment that accompanies the spectator in an unexpected sensory pathway.

There are polarities within his work where drawings become ethereal sounds and both presence and absence emerge. The slippage in his work is where the poetics reside and the narratives become material. In its regard one becomes at once both the performer and the viewer, this playful exchange is what titillates and remains an integral part of his work. This emphasis in positioning the viewer as central to the work has led Cecchetti to create space for the imagination where works can be experienced in a multitude of ways and we become part of a wider play. Alex Cecchetti (1977 – 2014) was an artist, a poet, and a choreographer. Difficult to classify, his work can be considered as the art of the un-representable: tactile and poetic, aesthetic and materialistic, it creates mental and physical environments in which the spectators are oVen part of the work. Invited to walk backwards into a garden, to sleep at the sound of a choir singing in the deep of the ocean, or taking a dance class from stones and staircases, the spectators are no longer defined to the role of the beholder.

The artist died in 2014 for unknown reasons, though he keeps producing new works, present new performances and published new poems. Alex Cecchetti’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally.

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