Blow Away

Video Artist: Andrea Stanislav
Year: Duration: 4 min 33 sec


A flanking formation of mirror obelisk sculptures, installed on the Bonneville Land Speedway, on the great salt flats (where the Land Speed record was held), explode in a seductive, five hundred foot plus pyrotechnic fire ball. For a moment the obelisks line in harmony with the horizon line before then 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 genocide of the Native American people. Blow Awaypremiered within the solo exhibition River to Infinity — the Vanishing Points, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Andrea Stanislav

Stanislav (b. Chicago,1968) is based in New York City, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg. Her hybrid practice is an intersection of film, installation, sculpture, sound and public projects. She received an MFA from Alfred University, New York; and a BFA  from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stanislav's work has been exhibited internationally in solo museum and gallery exhibitions, public commissions, and group exhibitions. She is the recipient of: the 2015/2016 Freund Fellowship, Washington University/St. Louis Art Museum; 2012 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency, NYC; and a 2010/2011 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Visual Arts. Her works belong to several international private and public collections. Andréa is an Associate Professor, Department of Art, at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis.