Blow Away, 2008, 2 channel video projection, video still, from the exhibition, River to Infinity -- the Vanishing Points, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2008
"Blow Away", 2008, Andréa Stanislav
Blow Away from River to Infinity - The Vanishing Points, 2008, mirrored glass, wood, pyrotechnic explosion, 75’x75’x9’, (the video was exhibited as a two channel video projection).
The obelisk sculptures were installed on the Bonneville Land Speedway and documented with an HD three camera shoot, with a pyrotechnic explosion of the mirrored glass obelisk sculptures. The resulting mushroom cloud reached over 500’ in height. The Blow Away video was a two channel video element of the solo exhibition “River to Infinity — the Vanishing Points”, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2008.
River to Infinity - the Vanishing Points, 2008, gallery I, two channel video projection, mixed media, sound, 30‘ x 60‘ x 20’, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (installation view)
The viewer is invited to cross a mirrored river sculpture on glitter encrusted stepping stones. The river is a symmetrically mirrored surface on the floor and the ceiling above -- creating an infinite reflection. The audio element is audible only at the center of the river -- in the vantage point for viewing the two channel video projection of the video Blow Away.
infinity space between the symmetrical mirrored rivers on the gallery floor and ceiling shows the 2 channel video reflecting and the reflections of the visitors (detail)
the Vanishing Points, 2008, gallery 2, etched mirrored glass, cast polyurethane, dichroic rhinestones, mirrored acrylic, electric rotating platforms, steel, polyester fiber, 30‘ x 60’ x 8’
The gallery contains two spinning headless rhinestoned horse sculptures, with mirrored obelisk projections, two 8’ x 8’ mirror panels with an astrological chart of the United States and an identical chart with America’s provocations for war overlaid (remember the Maine, Gulf of Tonkin, WMD, etc.) on its mirrored surface. The charts are on opposite walls in the gallery, creating an infinitely reflecting vortex, a web of complicity.
Additionally, there are four 48‘ x 48’ mirrored panels with appropriated Edward S. Curtis images of Native Americans -- the panels are mounted so that the viewer’s face is superimposed over the face of the appropriated image -- reflecting the viewer.
River to Infinity – the Vanishing Points, 2008, mixed media, 30‘ x 50’ x 8’, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Detail of mirrored surface looking across the gallery space showing an infinite reflection/vortex between the two-mirrored astrological charts.
River to Infinity - The Vanishing Points, 2008, mixed media, 30‘ x 50’ x 8’, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
Rotating sculptures -- the sculptures constantly spin at 2.5 rotations per minute.
Ghost Portrait, I-IV, 2008, etched mirrored glass, 48” x 48”
Mirrored panels with appropriated Edward E. Curtis images of Native Americans etched in each mirror -- the panels are mounted so that the viewer’s face is superimposed over the face of the appropriated image -- reflecting the viewer.