For the past twenty years, Susan Cianciolo (New York, USA) 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 wilfully evades categorisation, exploiting the false dichotomies of construction and deconstruction, art and design, event and document.
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.
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Peter Fischli and David Weiss
Ordnung und Reinlichkeit
Peter Fischli (1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) began their 33-year collaboration in 1979. Resisting any specific style, medium, or material, their work explores the poetics of banality – the sublimity of the objects and events constituting everyday life. Indebted to Dada, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Conceptual Art, their photographs, videos, slide projections, films, books, sculptures, and multimedia installations rely on keen observation and uncanny wit.
Throughout the course of their partnership, Fischli and Weiss probed the idea of dualistic thinking. Perhaps because they were a team of two involved in constant dialogue and debate, they consistently interrogated Western culture’s reliance on contraries. In one way or another, everything they produced together playfully unravels what the artists understood to be “popular opposites” – labor versus leisure, fiction versus reality, kitsch versus beauty, and the banal versus the sublime. The artists embodied this approach in their alter egos, Rat and Bear, who, for all their differences (rats being ugly and ubiquitous while pandas are lovable and endangered), appear as equal partners in their various misadventures. Rat and Bear surface throughout Fischli and Weiss’s work in a range of forms, including appearances in the early films The Least Resistance (1980–81) and The Right Way (1983); as “authors” of the artists’ book Order and Cleanliness (1981); and as a sculpture, Rat and Bear (Sleeping) (2008).
The booklet Ordnung und Reinlichkeit (Order and Cleanliness, 1981) accompanied the Rat and Bear films and is crammed with charts and diagrams, each attempting to impose a crazed order on the world. The original booklet was a self produced booklet, comprising a set of 15 photocopies on sale following the first showing of The Least Resistance at a late-night screening in Zurich.
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With aim to further reflect and pursue the expanding expression onto each particular direction, in 2007, Cosmic Wonder is anouncing three projects with distinct processes: Cosmic Wonder, Cosmic Wonder Light Source and Yukinori Maeda.
The new unconventional periodical publication Cosmic Wonder Free Press was produced to lay out the three projects with visuals. It is the first in a series of special collaborations between Cosmic Wonder and Nieves. Cosmic Wonder Free Press will be published with free pace and free format as its title suggests.
COSMIC WONDER Since its debut Paris collection in 2000 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris Fashion Week has been the principal forum for presenting the works of COSMIC WONDER. From now on, however, COSMIC WONDER is ever widening its focus to further its exploration of installation and performance in venues around the world. Their projects later this year include an art book, ”Hidden Path of Light COSMIC WONDER,” published by Nieves, and in October, a new installation and performance to be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art,Tokyo.
COSMIC WONDER Light Source Starting this year, COSMIC WONDER Light Source is on exhibit for Paris Fashion Week and at the same time it has become the sole fashion project of COSMIC WONDER. The collection is introduced to encourage people to wear these clothes in their daily life, so that they may delight in discovering anew the spirit within them.
Yukinori Maeda After studying architecture, Maeda started his creative activities as COSMIC WONDER. In recent years, he has been actively creating and exhibiting his personal artistic works in parallel with his achievements as COSMIC WONDER. For 2007, Maeda has confirmed his participation in the coming traveling exhibition starting in Poland. Also confirmed is an exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and here he will attempt to president two separate creative endeavors as COSMIC WONDER and artist Yukinori Maeda, in one exhibition.
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