Susan Kordalewski


Susan Kordalewski

This Will Also Change

22.03 — 22.04 / 2012

© Susan Kordalewski 2012

Vernissage 8 November 2012 – 17h

This Will Also Change

Taken from a Buddhist story in which two brothers inherit rings, one inscribed with the phrase “This will also change”, this exhibition includes eight works, including six that have never before been exhibited. Driven by questions of ontology, Susan Kordalewski mines her personal history to create works of art that document the personal in a way that emphasizes the ephemeral nature of the subject. This Will Also Change features photographs, prints, sculpture, installation, and craft-based artwork dealing with the emotionality and temporality of relationships, memory, and events.

Driven by a desire to contain, categorize, and represent the emotional, Kordalewski engages in a pseudo-scientific archival process that emphasizes the ephemeral and momentary, representing an obsessive need to arrive at some empirical, fixed truth. Kordalewski moves past the questions, “What, how, where and why does it mean?” to explore what we feel compelled to do with meaning, at the most intimate and personal level.

At Sporobole, the viewer is invited to experience a series of enigmatic propositions expressed in a wide range of media. The artworks in the exhibition take several forms: My Cells Are Rearranging Themselves is a photographic diptych that uses a mundane household moving box in a metaphor for change; The Sentence Project features a chronology of aphorisms, acting as a self-portrait highlighting the impermanence of self and experience; Rumination is an audio installation of five voices, each reading an encyclopaedia article that attempts to explain an emotional condition from a psychological or biological perspective; and My Misery Is A Gift is an edition of greeting cards featuring tearful photographic portraits.

The viewer is left with the residue of a deeply personal struggle―Kordalewski’s critical, diary-like work creates structures for understanding, attempting to materialize the ephemeral, to give structure to the intangible.

Photo credit : Jocelyn Riendeau


Susan Kordalewski holds an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK) and a BFA from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada). Her work has been exhibited in North America and Europe and is represented in private and public collections. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Art Gallery of York University’s Artists’ Book award. Space vs. Place, an installation of her work at Gallery 44, was a featured exhibition in the 2011 Contact Photography Festival in Toronto. In 2012 her work was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK) in a performance work curated by Am Nuden Da. This Will Also Change at Sporobole Centre en Art Actuel is her first solo exhibition.

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