A show critique reprint (with permission) the from Il Journale de Siciliano de Sciencia de Poultry e Arti Industriali, Vol. CXXVI, No. 3, aprile, 2016.
Harry Cerino, a direct descendent of the idiot Bouchard, the monarchist who led the disastrous 1884 retreat after the Tunisian Campaign that lead to the annihilation of the Third Regiment (The Jaunty Fusiliers), continues to pursue a career as ill-suited for him as the military one was for his reckless forbearer. Nevertheless, overcoming sound judgement and lack of talent he has shown in his truncheon new oeuvre the ability to advance the vulgar to fashionable. “Astonishing” have cried the critics. Cerino who considers himself a self-professed flâneur, gentleman, polymath, and artist, you may recall, created a sensation a few seasons back in the New York art market causing several Chelsea gallery owners to leave the profession and retire unexpectedly.
The new Cerino spectacle, features his self-proclaimed masterpieces and personally admired works, in a show which the artist boldly entitles “Compares Favorably to Picasso.” It has the dash, verve and exhilaration of a new-to-market, flat-to-volume shampoo, or more poignantly the power of an Associate’s Degree in accountancy. “I found the pieces, in this post-Internet age, containing the convincing power of, of . . . what can I say . . . . I’m at an absolute loss for words.” commented one dumbfounded critic as Cerino looked on happily.
Mr. Cerino explained that each of his new works is a powerful visual epic that slowly reveals itself through carefully planned, mentally envisioned, psychic mirrors imbedded in the paint. These cleverly located metaphorical reflective devices, mirages, if you will, echo the guarded interior mystic soul of the viewer.
As most great works must be seen from the proper distance and correct light to appreciate their kinetic vibrancy, Cerino’s pieces are best viewed from afar. Even though Cerino’s artistic career continues to languish – “Deservedly so!” hush envious colleagues – he explains now is a good time to purchase his painting. “They haven’t been selling, even at new bargain-basement prices recently, so . . .” he knowingly states, “this would be a good time to stock up.” The proceeds from new sales will be used by the artist to train and prepare for a hopefully more promising career as a cage fighter.