Andréa Stanislav is an American contemporary visual artist, based in New York City. Her practice spans sculpture, video installation, and public art. Andréa received a M.F.A. from Alfred University, NY, and a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stanislav’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally at museums, galleries, public commissions, and art fairs, including solo exhibitions at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Cosmonautics – Moscow, and Saint Louis Art Museum. She is the recipient of NCCA Residency – St. Petersburg; and McKnight Artists Fellowship, amongst others.
My transdisplinary practice melds sculpture, collage, and immersive media installation via a layered vocabulary of visual associations, and physical actions. Historical and conceptual informants are anchored in Russian Cosimist thought. I question the architecture of empires through the trajectory of space exploration — systems built on human capital, promising Utopic (or Dystopic) futures. The past, present and future are reflected through a spectacle of grace, horror, and the unexpected. Formally, I exploit the motifs of authority. Using symbolic structures, such as obelisks, monoliths and columns, I invoke monumentality. But, in my manipulation of these traditional markers, I disrupt their signal. I want my work to upend the myths they embody, to question the reverence that the forms inspire. Working with composers and choreographers, dance and music activates constructions of light, reflection, and movement — ultimately creating an evocative physicality of ideas where the participant questions their position in the present and future.