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Faith and the Human Experience: the Art of Mircea Cantor

A sculpture of a roughly-made coffin with a coin slotWith a Free Smile, terracotta

Mircea Cantor was born in Romania and now lives and works on “Earth” – according to his CV. His works span a variety of media, though he has a particular fondness for film and installation pieces.


A video still of a young boy lining up three knives on a table topWind Orchestra (stills), HD video

Cantor ‘s works often explore themes of faith and the human experience, using mundane materials in combination with mediums like film and animation, or traditional sculptural materials, to create beauty out of objects where it might normally be overlooked. In the past few years, he has taken to recruiting his children in his works – in Wind Orchestra, made in 2012, he films his young son lining up three knives on a table and then blowing them over. While the film could be a simple home movie of a child playing a game on a table, the choice to use knives adds an element of danger and a darker edge.


An image of a steel crate filled with garlic clovesUnderestimated Consequences, garlic, powder-coated steel


Other works by Cantor echo religious symbols in everyday materials, such as Rosace, a huge mandala constructed of folded soda cans.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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