Kentucky Art Speaks

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on December 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Mathew Cerletty, The Bath, 2002



Untitled, 2004.


Much of Cerletty’s work depicts forlorn-looking men who seem as if they have given up all hope. It’s the quirky details that draw me to his work (note the reflection of the flowers on the bath water.) I wonder: what are the men in these paintings contemplating? Are the little details such as the playful brushstrokes and painted fingernails in Untitled supposed to assure us that these paintings are just temporary – that the desolate and unemotional moment captured is just a fleeting one?


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