Susan Cianciolo: GOD LIFE: Modern House on Land Outside Game Table
21 Jun – 1 Sep 2019

Susan Cianciolo, Platforms 1 - 4, 1990-2017 (installation view).

Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. Copyright the Artist. Photo: Robert Glowacki.

 

“While you live, shine

Life exists only for a short while

and time demands its due”

—200BC Epitaph of Seikiles

 

For her solo show at the South London Gallery, American artist Susan Cianciolo presents an installation across two floors of the Fire Station, inviting visitors into her unique creative world.

Drawing together elements inspired by craft, fashion and daily domestic life, Cianciolo intuitively combines all sorts of materials, from fabric off-cuts, buttons and glue, through to cardboard boxes, diary pages and her young daughter’s drawings, into works in which the seemingly casual and low-fi nature of their construction is at odds with the precision with which they are composed.

The works in the show are selected from several different groups – Mannequins, Kits, Tapestries and Games – but are clearly part of a single, overarching project.  Cianciolo’s very particular sensibility is both intimate and generous, inspired by her daily life as an artist and mother, but equally by her deep spirituality.

 

Exhibition view

Susan Cianciolo, Platform 2, 1990-2017 (detail).
Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. Copyright the Artist. Photo: Robert Glowacki.
Susan Cianciolo, Tapestry 2, 2010-17.
Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. Copyright the Artist. Photo: Robert Glowacki.
Susan Cianciolo, Game 2. WALK IN FREEDOM, 2018.
Courtesy Bridget Donahue, New York. Copyright the Artist. Photo: Gregory Carideo