Artist residency n. 1 / Susan Cianciolo
Milan/Alcamo (Sicily) 14 June – 18 July 2019

- Selected Films’ Screening
24 June 2019, 8pm (c/o NFQ, Via Privata Passo Pordoi 6, Milan)
- Solo Show: GAME ROOM. NATURE MAZE "to live a life on earth is one of the highest honors"
18 September – 22 November 2019
- Opening
17 September 2019, 7pm

The American artist
Susan Cianciolo is the first guest of the international residency programme that Martina Simeti organises every year over the summer in her gallery in Via Tortona.

It is in the very exhibition space in Milan, set up for the occasion as a domestic space, that the first part of Susan Cianciolo residency period will take place. The second stage will instead be held in Sicily – the artist’s land of origin – near Alcamo, in an ancient oil mill, which has become a residence of the Simeti family.

In Milan, the residency will take place amid both public and private moments. The gallery, transformed into an everyday work space, will host opportunities for encounter between the artist and the context with which she will measure up to for the continuation of the work. The stay in Alcamo is part of an extended process for the collection of elements, both material and immaterial, which will come together in Cianciolo’s solo show, conceived for Martina Simeti’s space, and which will open on 18 September 2019 with a performance by the artist.

The first public appointment in Susan Cianciolo’s residency organised by Martina Simeti will take place on 24 June at 8 pm – with the screening of a selection of films by the artist hosted by NFQ, the space of the NERO publishing house and Fabio Quaranta in Milan. The screening will be introduced by Susan Cianciolo in conversation with Davide Stucchi.

Among the videos to be screened: Pro-Abortion; Anti-Pink (1995) and DIADAL (1997), which offer an introduction to the early years of Cianciolo’s production. In 1995, the artist founded RUN: a line of clothing produced using found or recycled garments or fabrics, assembled through a participatory approach and ample margin for improvisation, sewn together along with her entourage. In 2001, (together with Aaron Rose), for one month at the Alleged Gallery, Cianciolo opened the legendary Run Restaurant, recreated in 2017 on the occasion of the Whitney Biennial in New York. Soon gaining cult status in the art world and that of the New York avant-garde, RUN then evolved into an ‘umbrella’ which to this day brings together broader projects, staged both independently and in collaboration with other designers.

The exhibition GAME ROOM. NATURE MAZE, "to live a life on earth is one of the highest honors » will be the outcome of exchanges that have lasted a year between New York, Milan and Sicily – and still in progress – will feature installations with fabrics produced by hand, drawings and collages, mobile sculptures, testifying to the most recent evolution in the artist’s research. As Cianciolo says: “All my work is from messages from a higher plane of existence and I only follow what I am told for everything, whether I like it or not.” The intimate and meditative spirituality rooted in Cianciolo’s practice, associated with everyday objects linked to her life experiences, transforms it into a reflection on ‘life as art’ which goes beyond all formal limitations.
(From 18 September to 22 November 2019, Via Tortona 4, Milan.

Susan Cianciolo (b.1969) is a visual artist and designer who received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY in 1992, a BFA from Parsons School of Design, Paris, France in 1991 and also studied at Winchester School of Art, Winchester, England. This summer, the South London Gallery dedicates a retrospective of her work titled GOD LIFE. Modern House on Land Outside Game Table (20 June – 1 st September 2019). Presentations of the RUN Collection from 1995-2001 were repeatedly shown at Andrea Rosen gallery. Solo exhibitions include Run 12: God is a Jacket, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, California (2018); RUN PRAYER, RUN CAFÉ, RUN LIBRARY, Bridget Donahue, New York, NY (2017); RUN church, RUN Restaurant, Run Store, Modern Art, London, United Kingdom (2017), among others. Recent group exhibitions include Now & Then, The Hole, New York, NY (2018); Eckhaus Latta: Possessed, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2018); Summer Show, Modern Art, London, United Kingdom (2018); Fashion Work, Fashion Workers, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2018); Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2017); Looking Back/ The 10th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY (2016); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2016) among others. She participated in the 2018 Siena Art Institute Residency, Siena, Italy and was The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation Artist in Residence in 2001.

Numerous articles have been published on her work in international magazines such as: The New York Times, T Magazine, Flash Art, Vogue, Visionaire, Interview, i-D magazine, Self-Service, Index, Artforum, Hanatsubaki, Vice, Vestoj and Purple.

Ms. Cianciolo’s work owes much to Robert Rauschenberg’s already loosely structured combines of the 1950s, built from found objects and images. But Ms. Cianciolo daringly forgoes most traditional building. Hers is primarily an art of arrangement, exquisitely precise for all its seeming casualness, and rarely less than challenging to conventional taste. She proposes an art as social and shared as it is experiential and aesthetic, immersing us in the fleeting beauty of this bountiful intersection. ROBERTA SMITH, The New York Times, 14 NOV. 2017