Elia Cantori’s primary discipline is sculpture, but his choice of techniques is eclectic: in addition to full-fledged sculptures, he creates photographic works, installations, and videos. His art portrays the connection between energy and matter; it refers to celestial phenomena, but at the same time, the closed world of the studio, as a testing ground and place of inquiry. His experimental approach, with its constant reliance on physical and chemical processes, invites comparisons to the methods of a scientist. Among the works that brought Cantori to critical attention, one should note Stanza [Room] from 2008, a sphere about one meter across, made of compacted rubble from the demolition of the artist’s studio in London; and Untitled (Explosion) (2009-10), a series of photograms of small explosions, in which each image corresponds to the flash of light that formed it on the paper. Untitled (Black Hole), a large resin sculpture on whose surface Cantori captured a view of his studio using a pinhole camera technique, was shown in 2016 in the group show LA CAMERA: Sulla materialità della fotografia, curated by Simone Menegoi at the Banca di Bologna Hall in Palazzo De’ Toschi.
Elia Cantori was born in 1984 in Ancona (Italy). He lives and works in Ancona. He studied at Slade University College and Goldsmiths University (London). He was artist in residence at Spinola-Banna Art Foundation, Turin (2010) and Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, IT (2008).
He had solo exhibitions at CAR DRDE, Bologna, Hilary Crisp, London, LUMI project, Rome.
Selected group exhibitions: Zodiaco, Galerie Samy Abraham, Paris (2017); Fuocoapaesaggio, Forte di Monte Ricco, Pieve di Cadore, IT (2017); Cosmic Pulses, Repetto Gallery, London (2017); Versus – La sfida dell’artista al suo modello in un secolo di fotografia e disegno, Galleria Civica di Modena, IT (2016); LA CAMERA. Sulla materialità della fotografia, Palazzo De’ Toschi, Bologna (2016); Spin-Off. Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Centro de Arte Contemporanea de Quito, ECU (2015); Focus on Contemporary Italian Art, MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, IT (2011); 21×21. 21 artisti per il 21° secolo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2010); Italian Open, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2009).