On the stroke of new Millennium, in the way it happens in a real fairy-tale, one of the characters, Gianni Cella, “leaves the nest” to take his own training path, and to cultivate his own artistic identity. He starts an adventure to conquer a new “Realm”. And the “New Realm” pops up on the road, just like the Rabbit Hole: “When he saw the fairy-tale he did not realize of going into it, he jumped in it and that’s all” (qte from the text above, free translation from Italian).
From the Plumcake(s) to the Gingerbread House.
As Renato Barilli writes in a critical text of 2011 “[…] the time has come to give to each of these artists what they deserve, in their own autonomous path […] Cella, compared to the ex-colleagues, stands out for a greater striving for storytelling, and for a greater commitment to make his subjects more analytic and more articulated, paying the price, vice-versa, to reduce the sculpted prominence”.
(R. Barilli, testo critico Mostra Cella-Palmieri, Galleria Arrivada, Chur, 2011, qte., free translation from Itailan)
The “striving for storytelling” leads him to visit the “Fantasy Kingdom”, where visionary and grotesque characters works on metaphors and symbols of the human condition, especially on the human relations in the in “mass society”: “[…] with his look- which is sometimes grotesque, sometimes gloomy – Gianni Cella perfectly combines creative intuition and playing, leading us in his peculiar way of “looking” at the world [...]”.
(P. Rigamonti, Una vita lemme lemme, Showcases Gallery, Varese, 2018, qte., free translation from Itailan)
“Show must go on”
(cit., M. Sciaccaluga, p.3, Gianni Cella, Pavia, 2002): if you would like to know the sequel of Gianni Cella’s fairy-tale: click here