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 (born 1968, Chicago) is an American artist based in New York City and Minneapolis 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 considers themes of harmony and deconstruction in the natural world, popular culture and, by extension, regards the sublime -- realized through unexpected visual manifestations, multi media installations and monumental sculpture.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; 21c Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC; Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL; thisisnotashop, Dublin, Ireland; Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York, NY; Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; 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; See//Me, New York, NY; Carriage Trade, New York, NY; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, KY; and Rush Gallery, New York, NY. 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.
Andréa Stanislav’s work is represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK; and Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Public and private art commissions and project locations include: 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.
Ms. Stanislav has recently received a 2013 Imagine Fund 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.
Andréa Stanislav is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Andréa also has a background in film, stage, and museum exhibit design and production -- and worked as an artist and designer for Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle films.
M.F.A. Alfred University, School of Art and Design, Alfred, NY • Full Scholarship
B.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL • George and Isabella Brown Travel Fellowship for Sculpture • Merit Scholarships 1986 - 1990
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Forget Your Past, Andréa Stanislav, originating at Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND and traveling to other museums and contemporary art centers
Andréa Stanislav, Pen and Brush Foundation, New York, NY
Wonderwall -- Andréa Stanislav, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
Rainbow in the Dark, Andréa Stanislav, Burnet Gallery - Le Meridien Chambers, Minneapolis, MN
Vanishing Points, Featured Project, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted, REDUX Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
Andréa Stanislav, Featured Project - Scope NYC 2013, curator - Daria Brit Shapiro
Andréa Stanislav - Wilderness of Mirrors, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
Vanishing Points and Ghost Portraits, One Museum Plaza, 21C Contemporary Art Museum, artwithoutwalls, Louisville, KY, curator: William Morrow
Mountain Interventions, Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain
Blue Room, Thomas Hunter Project Room, Hunter College, New York, NY
Andréa Stanislav - to the Western Lands, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
Lightning Struck Itself, Burnet Gallery, Chambers Art Hotel, Minneapolis,MN
Darkness Doubled, Art Ecology, Louisville, KY
Holiday in the Sun - Burnet Art Gallery, Le Meridien Chambers, Minneapolis, MN
Andréa Stanislav - Fogtîogarburn, thisisnotashop Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Andréa Stanislav - Jonathan Shorr Gallery, Garnersville, NY