Bruno David is pleased to present a video work Blow Away (2008) by multi-disciplinary/conceptual artist Andréa Stanislav, in the New Media Room. This is the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery. Highlighting Stanislav’s sustained work in mirrored sculpture, the film shows a dramatic explosion of mirrored obelisks on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. This film also provides valuable context for the artist’s long-standing engagement with natural history. For a moment the obelisks line in harmony with the horizon line before they are obliterated into Hollywood fantasy, dialing into the present: the decline of the American Empire, complicit in its history of manifest destiny with the resulting disruption of nature.
Andréa Stanislav (b. 1968, Chicago) is based in New York City, USA, and works in St. Petersburg RU and Bloomington, IN, USA. Her hybrid practice spans sculpture, video, multimedia installation, and public art. She received an MFA from Alfred University, New York in 1997; and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990.
Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; The Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, St. Petersburg, Russia. Other solo exhibitions and projects include: The 2014 Manifesta 10 European Biennial/Art-Centre Pushkinskaya-10 Parallel Public Program, St. Petersburg, Russia; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; 21c Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY; thisisnotashop, Dublin, Ireland; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; The Museum of Non-Conformist Art, St. Petersburg, The 5th Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York City, NY; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft, Louisville, KY.
Ms. Stanislav has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including: The 2015/2016 Freund Teaching Fellowship, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; a 2010/2011 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Visual Arts, Minneapolis, MN; a Socrates Sculpture Park 2009 Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, New York City, NY. She is an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Head of the Sculpture Program in The School of Art, Architecture and Design at Indiana University, Bloomington.