Alex Cecchetti’s exhibition at Spike Island, At the Gates of the Music Palace, brought together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation. Alex Cecchetti is an artist, poet and choreographer. Over the last decade, he has developed a unique practice which he characterises as the art of avoidance, where representation and concealment go hand in hand with the tactical and the poetic, the visual and the material.
His works often begin with a poem which is transformed into an object, a performance or a situation, focusing on how the construction of a narrative can be experienced both physically and emotionally. This emphasis in positioning the visitor’s experience as central to the work has led Cecchetti to introduce resources such as rhetoric, storytelling, music or dance, to establish a non-mediated relationship with the work, transforming the figure of the spectator into a visionary participant.
Cecchetti’s exhibition at Spike Island, At the Gates of the Music Palace, brought together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation, turning the gallery into an immersive concert in which visitors were invited to contribute to the musical score as they made their way through an unexpected sensory pathway.
During the course of the exhibition, scheduled performances took place within Music Hall involving dancer Tilly Webber, who activated the work by creating melodies through choreographed movement, and soprano Emma Huggett who sang a love song from within Singing Chandelier.
Alex Cecchetti has exhibited his work broadly and recent solo exhibitions include: Tamam Shud at La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France and Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Ceataceans, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (all 2017); Comrades of Fear and Wonder; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania (2012); The Police Return to the Magic Shop, Alex Cecchetti et Mark Geffriaud, Jue de Paume, Paris (2011). Cecchetti’s performances have been presented at venues including the Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2014); and MAXXI museum, Rome (2012).
Alex Cecchetti’s Singing Chandelier is produced with the generous support of Nicoletta Fiorucci, Founder of the Fiorucci Art Trust. Singing Line is produced with the generous support of Traudi Messini.