TINY PERSON Presents
Susan Cianciolo’s Cooking and Lifestyle exhibit Part One
12.03 ~ 1.14
PRESSPOP GALLERY (WALL SIDE+SHOW CASE SIDE)
SHIBUYA PARCO PART1 B1F ( Inside Parco Book Center) 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo150-8377 JAPAN PH:03.3496.7362
OPEN : 7 DAYS 10:00-21:00
Susan Cianciolo’s mark defies definition: on one hand, she is a revered fashion designer who happens to make art and on the other, she is a conceptual iconic artist who occasionally designs clothing. Her work regardless of media provokes debate and pushes boundaries of contemporary art and modern fashion.
Food/cooking has always come hand in hand with her creativity ever since she showed her collection in the form of “Run Restaurant” in 1995.
And the passion carries on even stronger today, as she embarks on her recent projects, Mobile Restaurant, where she cooks and serves food while showing her one of a kind fashion pieces at the same time.
This exhibit gives us a glimpse into the many “scenes” surrounding the artist that has to do with food, cooking, and daily life.
Centering around original drawings she made for her first cook book, This Cook Book is Made for Jesus (2009), the exhibit will also feature one of a kind hand-made kids ponchos and aprons (some of them have been produced at her friend’s home in Brooklyn while fleeing from the recent Hurricane Sandy crisis). Whether it’s working on aprons that her great grandmother has made, using special prints by a friend Mike Mills, or her daughter Lilac making hand prints, each piece has a special story behind it, sewn with her feelings of love for cooking and what can “grow” from it. All pieces are available for sales.
I relate this first from growing herbs on our terrace which Lilac and I use for everything, such as making tea, making soup and salads, cooking sauces and Fish dishes, lavender in our bath.
Then there is a different aspect of growing from the Farm that provided our inspiration for the book, dinners I have been making as one of my last big projects.
And in between all of that there is the growing as a family together and apart, Lilac growing and Art grows and changes.
So the nature or our beings is to do our best and always strive to come back to nature.
That is what this book has showed me over and over when I made it and as I look back to it as a guide to continue and not to forget our original place coming from the earth.
Susan Cianciolo Biography:
Susan Cianciolo was born in Rhode Island in 1969. Her schooling includes fashion design in New York and Paris at Parsons School of Design and painting at Winchester School of Art. After school and completing an internship at Geoffrey Beene under the leadership of Alber Elbaz, Susan acted as the production manager for the clothing line, X-Girl, of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. She was then offered the position of assistant collection designer at Badgley Mischka, a position she held for two years.
Susan introduced RUN Collection in 1995, a collection based on collaboration that placed an emphasis on a certain skill or craft each collection. The collection was met with commercial and critical success until the first incarnation of RUN Collection ended in 2001.
In 2005, after working with private clients exclusively since the end of RUN Collection, she collaborated with Cone Denim on a full collection of pieces using their archives. The collaboration included shows in New York and Los Angeles and coincided with the release of her book, “The Woman of The Crowd.” 2007 saw the release of “1960’s Butterfly Girl,” a film starring Frankie Rayder that showcased Susan’s “Queen of Hearts” collection. In 2008 Susan began teaching at Parsons School of Design in the Integrated Fashion Design Curriculum, a position she held until 2011. She now shows regularly on the New York fashion calendar and maintains a strong base of private and retail clients.
Also an accomplished illustrator, Susan has had her work exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world, including Andrea Rosen Gallery, Sears-Peyton Gallery, PS1 and MMK Frankfurt.
This Cook Book is Made for Jesus
Susan’s first cook book featuring an interview on food and lifestyle, 14 recipes & drawings, and a photo documentary of food and family.