Susan Cianciolo

lumber room, Portland / United States

July 10–September 26, 2021
July 8, 2021
Opening and book release: July 11, 2–5pm, performance and release of This Cookbook is Made for the 5th Dimension

lumber room
419 NW 9th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
United States

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Please join us for a solo exhibition by the artist Susan Cianciolo titled PRAYER ROOM, HEALING STAtion. The lumber room has published a book titled This Cookbook is Made For the 5th Dimension which will be released in conjunction with the exhibit. 

“Susan transforms white-walled gallery spaces into a place of warm home energy: she introduces you to her family and she arranges her work like a picnic. She gives you clothing for dressing up, and when she hangs her paintings on walls, they look less like a collection of finished, rarefied pictures than portals into their maker’s ongoing process. Seeing a show by Susan is like stepping into someone’s home for the first time, witnessing the intimate artifacts of a life as it is being lived.

And yet Susan’s gestures are not entirely cozy. ‘Domestic’ is not the right word here, with its whiff of complacency. There’s something transgressive in the way Susan flagrantly disregards the boundary between home and art. It’s a simultaneously vulnerable and stoic attitude she maintains, revealing but never pandering. You feel this in the rawness of the work, its imperfect corners and relaxed seams. These are not just materials, of course, but artifacts from an entire system of art.”
—Excerpt from This Cookbook is Made For the 5th Dimension, introduction by Ross Simonini 

About the publication
Designed by Kimberly Sutherland and Susan Cianciolo. Essays from Susan Cianciolo, Ross Simonini, Ryan Noon, Morgan Ritter, Cassi Namoda, Samara Huggins, Peter Sonnenberg, Sebnem Akin Uyar,  and Lilac Sky Cianciolo. Recipes included from friends and family. 200 pages, hardbound, monograph published by the lumber room, printed by Brown Printing.