For the past twenty years, Susan Cianciolo has moved between fields and formats – from fashion to craft, from performance to filmmaking – and the works presented in The Great Tetrahedral Kite speak to this restlessness. Cianciolo has produced a body of work that willfully evades categorization, exploiting the false dichotomies of construction and deconstruction, art and design, event and document.
In Nakako Hayashi's words:
Susan Cianciolo works for her heart.
Susan Cianciolo works for her soul.
It travels over time or space.
Whatever comes from it,
drawings or clothes or boxes or dolls,
all is a path for dreaming.
Susan Cianciolo studied Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design and painting at Winchester School of Art. Cianciolo began her career as production manager for Kim Gordon's X-girl line and went on to be assistant collection designer at Badgley Mischka. From 1995–2001 she produced her critically-acclaimed collection RUN, revived in recent years in various forms. Cianciolo has presented her work at in New York at Alleged Gallery, P.S.1 Museum, Andrea Rosen, Sears-Peyton, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Ralph Pucci Gallery among others, Internationally at Pitti Immagine Discovery and Kaufmann Repetto, Italy, Purple Institute and Deep Gallery, France, Gallery 360, Presspop, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, MMK Museum fur Modern Kunst and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany. Her work has been featured in publications such as: The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue, Visionaire, Interview, i-D magazine, Self-Service, Index, Artforum, Hanatsubaki, Vice, Vestoj and Purple amongst others.
The Great Tetrahedral Kite is published on occasion of the solo exhibition if God COMes to visit You, HOW will you know? (the great tetrahedral kite) At Bridget Donahue Gallery in New York, May 17th – July 5th, 2015