Andrea Stanislav: Preternatural Shadow Shifter Curated by Virginia Villari
Preternatural Shadow Shifter is a multimedia and multidimensional exhibition that presents a selection of works in dynamic conversation with each other, the space and the audience. Because of their constructed and layered nature, these kaleidoscopic collages have an essentially sculptural quality that allows them to enter the gallery space with a 3-dimensional presence. On the same experiential note and in direct conversation with the refractive works, the sculptures in Preternatural Shadow Shifter reveal another element of the artist’s language — the animal interlocutor. The natural world puncturing the solid, modern form. Often overwhelming, and sometimes enigmatic, Stanislav’s layers and her optical distortions, are strategic and confrontational. The dichotomy between the transience of popular culture and the temporality of animal existence creates an unremitting tension. In true Surrealist fashion, the artist draws on the unconscious visual and conceptual associations of the viewer.
About the Artist: Andréa Stanislav is an American post media artist, whose hybrid practice includes sculpture, video installation and public projects. The artist combines many of art history’s ‘isms’ within her work: Minimalism, Modernism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Her work even goes back to the Baroque and to painters like Bruegel and Bosh, who have engaged the viewer by really activating the eye on the plane with lots of activity
Ca’ d’Oro Gallery New York 529 W 20th st., 9th Fl., 10011, NY On view until May 28th.