Press release: Upcoming exhibition will show new work by Andréa Stanislav

By | February 2, 2016
Nightmare, St. Paul,MN, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2011 – 2014; video LED event screen, tugboat and barge; 16’ x 20’ (video still composite) © Andréa Stanislav

Nightmare, St. Paul,MN, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2011 – 2014; video LED event screen, tugboat and barge; 16’ x 20’ (video still composite) © Andréa Stanislav

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 2, 2016—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité, an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the complex meanings associated with the natural and mythological history of St. Louis. The free exhibition will be on view in Galleries 250 and 301 from March 24 through June 19.

Andréa Stanislav

Andréa Stanislav

The exhibition—the 112th installment of the museum’s popular Currents series—features new works by Freund Fellow artist Andréa Stanislav, who is internationally known for projects in a wide range of media.

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Stanislav may be most associated with Nightmare, a video intervention staged on the Mississippi River in Minnesota in 2011 and on the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2014. In Nightmare, a digital screen tugged by a barge at night played an image of a galloping white horse. Reflected in the water, this ghostly illusion provided a surreal and provocative presence, underscoring Stanislav’s interrogation of the horse’s symbolism throughout history and mythology.

In Convergence Infinité, Stanislav has created a multichannel video that maps the city through footage taken from an aerial drone, as if from a bird’s-eye view. Commencing at four distant points in each cardinal direction, the videos converge at The Apotheosis of St. Louis—the equestrian statue of the city’s namesake, in front of the museum’s entrance. Along each route the drone performs a choreographed dance, capturing sites of social and environmental import from the Mississippi River and the Cahokia Mounds to the Gateway Arch.

These films will be installed amidst a variety of mirrored sculpture, taxidermied animals and reflective paintings, all reinforcing and complementing Stanislav’s fascination with Midwestern history. Two large-scale mirrored sculptures will echo the forms of the Arch and the Cahokia Mounds. These reductive, geometric forms are offset by natural elements that include a raptor and hanging, chrome-dipped horse skull.

The exhibition of new work will be complemented by the artist’s earlier film, Blow Away (2008). 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.

Born in Chicago in 1968, Stanislav currently works in Minneapolis and New York. She has had several solo exhibitions, including at the Art Center Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014), and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2008). She has been featured in group exhibitions at the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2013), and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery (2011).

Stanislav will discuss the exhibition at a free lecture in the Museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm.

Stanislav is the 2015-2016 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellow. Supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, Freund Fellowships promote the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Each fellowship consists of two month-long residencies, during which recipients teach in the Sam Fox School and prepare an exhibition for the museum’s Currents series.

Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org