Born in Oradea, Romania, in 1977 / Lives and works on Earth
The Romanian artist Mircea Cantor composes enigmatic artworks that appear to invoke the interrelationship between the planet, man, faith, and time. The rosette shape of Rosace
evokes the South Rose Window in Paris’ Nôtre Dame cathedral, suggesting faith or worship. However, Cantor’s hanging rosette comprises not medieval stained glass, but rather ashtrays composed of soda cans that he bought from a street vendor in Paris. Rosace
’s materials hint at contemporary society’s devotion to disposable products, as well as the resourcefulness and creativity inherent in repurposing the cans. No Title
responds to man’s wariness of the unknown, and the human desire to predict or secure the future. An unseen person has traced the words ‘unpredicteble future’ [sic] on a steamy window, the text already beginning to evaporate. Both the photograph and the hanging sculpture hint at the uncertainty of what lies ahead, and imply that the way forward lies within human ingenuity.
Portrait © Gabriela Vanga