Matèria is pleased to announce the second solo show at the gallery by represented artist Stefano Canto. The exhibition, titled 'Sotto l’influenza del Fiume. Sedimento', highlights the artist's most recent sculptural works and their relationship with the city of Rome.
Canto’s sculptures reveal the result of a dual and binary process, closely tied to the accumulation of matter and its creation, to specific architectural notions alongside an uninterrupted meditation on the medium that in the past few years has spurred the artist to question the concept of form in his sculptures and their subsequent transformation within the space occupied. New sediments are added to the constructed scaffolding as the exhibition unfolds and progresses; moreover, the space that houses the work becomes an artwork itself through its importance and role in the production envisioned by the artist. The installation as a whole embraces and formalises Canto’s sculptures, generating meaning and inviting the viewer to a direct experience that is fully revealed and unveiled in the gallery’s second room. Here the artist presents the factory where the works are born. A metallic cone (mixer) incessantly pours heaps of matter, blending cement and other materials found in the Tiber’s water and sourced by the Artist during his walks along the river banks. Water is once again the element that favours the primary component for the genesis of Canto’s oeuvre, allowing the cement powder to become sculpture and organic elements, leaves and residue to mould into a single living organism.