Artist: David Cianni | Location: Aiken, South Carolina
September 21 - December 23, 2018
Walking into David’s Cianni’s alternate universe might evoke a memory of the first time you heard the soundtrack to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey or saw one of the epic Star Wars movies. In both of these iconic science fiction films, and in Cianni’s M-BORA, a new world order is suggested through an imaginative interpretation of space, time and travel.
The M-BORA began as a tightly conceived body of sculptural work and morphed into the creation of a full-scale installation. A dual tunnel system with sounds and lights housing life size cyborgs and robots and alien critters of varying sizes is the setting for Cianni’s galactic experience. Traveling through a tunnel, the illusion of being inside a spaceship is created by the individual docking stations, an unconventional suspension floor and a series of gothic arches culminating in a potential black hole.
While the fantasy of Cianni’s alternate universe may create exciting possibilities, the reality of M-BORA is that it has a higher purpose – to help save the earth. M-BORA, which stands for metal/bionic/organic/recycled/art, combines the artist’s societal concerns and methodologies for creating the work. Cianni’s skills as a metal fabricator, interest in re-cycling, and his creative impulses converge in M-BORA.
Note: This exhibition finished hanging on December 23, 2018.