Art and sculpture have been a life long passion for Robert Cantor. He has studied with Alan Kaprow (Rutgers University), Mogens Moller (Royal College of Copenhagen), Jesus Mendes (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende), and Jack Kreutzer (Loveland, Colorado). He has enjoyed continuous representation in art galleries in California. His prize-winning work has been collected throughout the United States; featured in the 2005 spring issue of “Direct Art Magazine”, and awarded a coveted place in 2006’s “Best Artists of California”. Bob Cantor has been a clinical psychologist in San Francisco since 1973. He was an Associate Professor at UCSF and has been in private practice for over thirty years. He has also published two books: “And A Time To Live” (1980, Harper and Row, nominated and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and a novel, “Of Struggle and Flight” (1990, Little Viking).
My work always begins with the human figure. I create these figures, often stylized, in the hope that through movement, kinetic tension, the exaggeration of form, or the sheer beauty of line, some thoughtful and heartfelt aspect of human experience will be reflected. For me, the most moving of all sculptural forms are those that capture the psychological ambiguities, emotions, and hidden meanings of everyday life. In making all of these sculpted forms, my desire is to arouse something visceral; to comfort, to induce a chuckle, to invite reflection, and on occasion, to startle, to make the hairs stand up on your neck. Over the years, some of the sculptures have taken on more specialized themes:
The “Anatomy of Melancholy” series consists of eleven pieces that portray the reflective nature of this familiar bittersweet experience.
The “Secret Obsessions” series consists of six bronze sculptures in which I play with the concepts of persona, shame, loss, and exposure.
Another series, “Ecstatic Moments”, tries to capture, with stylized figures, those rare times in life when we have a transcendent experience – those rare moments that stand out because they carry some greater meaning or perspective. Two of these are in this exhibit.
The “Psychological Studies” series (over 15 pieces) which simply play with the kinds of underlying conflicts and darker feelings that we usually try to hide from one another. Two of these are in this exhibit.
And with the latest series, “Intimate Moments”, I’ve tried to portray some of the harmonious as well as the difficult aspects of that special kind of vulnerability that goes with sustained intimacy. Six of these pieces are in this exhibit.