Andrea Stanislav

Artist's Statement

My work is anchored in a collision of aesthetic beauty and horror -- dualities that intimate sublimity. I make referential sculpture abstractions and multi-media installations that question the dystopic/utopic and the fictional/factual co-existence of natural and cultural worlds. By challenging themes of harmony, destruction and transformation, I make unexpected visual manifestations and monumental sculptures. The thrust of my work is realized on a monumental scale that also speaks to the American empire and American exceptionalism. From an explosion of mirrored obelisks on the Bonneville Land Speedway to a video land art intervention -- a migration that took place along ten miles of the Mississippi river, the work has taken on a scale appropriate to its subjects.

Reflection is a key word in my lexicon, as it serves to indicate both the means and the ends of the artistic endeavor. In the work, the viewer is not simply invited but compelled, by use of reflective surfaces, to interrogate their own position vis-a-vis the artwork, and, by extension, vis-a-vis history and culture.

These surfaces, revealing the face of the viewer at every turn, and often to infinity, point to our attempts to escape our unsatisfactory current conditions. Obelisks and flags, potent symbols of colonialism, implicate both American history and its insatiable appetite for global influence, its faith in a ‘manifest destiny’, in the destructive paradoxes of utopian visions. Astrological symbols and labyrinthine structures point to our desire to find meaning and impose structure on the underlying chaos of the Real. And yet, at all times, the viewer is haunted by their own face. By considering the breakdown of utopian imaginary in this manner, my work precisely locates and interrogates the limits of human rationality.


Andréa Stanislav (b. Chicago, 1968) is an internationally recognized American artist, based in Minneapolis and New York City, whose practice includes sculpture, video installation and public projects. Ms. Stanislav received a MFA from Alfred University, New York; and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work regards the sublime through unexpected visual manifestations, multi-media installations and monumental sculpture, which demonstrate themes of harmony and destruction in the natural and constructed world.

Selected solo exhibitions and projects include: The Manifesta 10 European Biennial/Art-centre Pushkinskaya -10 Public Program, St. Petersburg, Russia; 21c Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; The Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC; The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK; Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL; thisisnotashop, Dublin, Ireland; Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York, NY; Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; The Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and Scope New York 2013. Her work has also has been exhibited around the world at venues such as: The 2013 Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia; The U.S (Ambassador’s) Residence, Stockholm, Sweden; Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK; Al Sabah Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan,WS; House of the Nobleman, New York, NY; Carriage Trade, New York, NY; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, KY. Andrea’s work has also been exhibited in numerous art fairs including: Art Chicago, Art Miami, Art Hampton, Art Southampton, Art Palm Beach, Art Wynwood, Chicago Next, Houston Fine Art Fair, Pulse Miami, San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Scope New York and Scope Miami.

Ms. Stanislav has recently received a 2015 Art-centre Pushkinskaya-10 St. Petersburg International Residency Award, St. Petersburg, Russia; a 2014 University of Minnesota Research Grant in Aid Award; The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Swing Space Artist Residency, New York, NY; a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a 2010-2011 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Visual Arts; a Socrates Sculpture Park 2009 Emerging Artist Fellowship; the 2010 University of Calgary International Visiting Artist Award, and the 2011 Can Serrat International Full Fellowship, a 2005 FSP/Jerome Fellowship Award, among many other awards.

Public and private art commissions and project locations include: ICART, Miami, FL and Oslo, Norway; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Morningside College, Sioux City, IA; Mon Serrat, Spain; Key West, FL; Louisville, KY, and Washington DC.

Andréa Stanislav’s work is represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK; Melissa Morgan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA; K35 Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL; Mindy Solomon Gallery Miami, FL; and Jonathan Shorr New York, NY. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, where she is the head of the Sculpture Area.