Thomas Canto transposes his personal vision of his environment on canvas; proposing an abstract and duplicate vision to the disorganized entanglement of the mixtures of his urban life. On one hand, the city in sections of walls or blue prints, on the other humanity and its individuality.
The concept of space and movement is rarely confined, defined or limited in Thomas Canto’s work. In fact his deeper origins founded in urban sensitivity reaches back to the classical form of optical art and kinetic art, formed in Paris in 1955 by artists who called into question how form and line would create optimal movement in a work of art. Vasarely, Le Parc, or Soto all brought such movement and spatial perception as central concepts in contemporary art. The organic structures of Thomas Canto’s works are also inspired by urban architectural environments which interplay humanity and functionality. Canto is influenced by such contemporaries as renowned architects Zaha Hadid, or Oscar Niemeyer. For him the dialect and exchange between human and architecture is as prominent a subject matter as the elements of color, line, form and shadow in his work.
The sculptural and painting aspects of Canto’s concepts ask play a role within the perception of how the spectator immerses himself into the work itself.Depth,geometry and illusion are intricately intertwined in each work, drawing into questioning how humanity and created material respond to one another. Hence, Canto’s public is indeed as much an element of his artwork as the piece of art itself.
His latest project is entitled the « Gravitational inertia infinity ». The sculpture has been installed on top of a private building in Shenzhen (China). The reflective material used to build it allows the creation of strong interaction between the sculpture and its environment.
The place it has been installed, reveals a dialogue between nature, human and architecture.
All these elements mingling together creates a multiplicity of dynamisms which puts the sculpture and people looking at in a different spacetime.
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