River to Infinity--The Vanishing Points

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Andréa Stanislav
January 25 - March 16, 2008
MAEP Galleries

 Andréa Stanislav, River to Infinity - The Vanishing Points, 2008
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Andréa Stanislav, River to Infinity - The Vanishing Points, 2008

River to Infinity - The Vanishing Points is the summation of a series of reflective mirrored landscape installations that present the viewer with visually constructed cultural dualities.

The work points to the convergence of Manifest Destiny, contemporary American environmental values, and the vanishing of the natural world by recognizing the demise of species, peoples, and, through metaphor, society.

At the same time, River to Infinity celebrates the excesses and the opalescent beauty of western culture in a fantasia of recontextualization: the work exists as a place of inspiration and horror. At first, the opulence gratifies and distracts the viewer. As time passes, the viewer is reflected in the mirrored surfaces of the installation, triggering an awareness of personal complicity and entrapment in a web of causation.

River to Infinity is an entirely reflective landscape containing a mirrored river. On the banks of the river, reflective floral and fauna of endangered and extinct species coexist with fantastic and ambiguous reflective animals borne of recombinant DNA technology. At both end points of the river, separated by its length, video projections of constantly changing American landscapes play on the walls of the space. As the videos are projected, they are reflected on the mirrored surfaces of the river and its sculptural life forms.

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Yeah, we're trapped in a web of causality, but some of us more than others. Maybe somebody has said this before, but the embodied energy in this exhibit exhibits a fairly high level of choice to be entrapped.


hi i am zeon from planet orbiter we have fought the revoultion for thousands and thousands of genrations.we have come to take over this planet. We will not stop until finally all of your horses are decapitated.If you look behind the crystal island you will find a couple of horse heads.This is just the begining.This is Zeon. [[WE WILL NOT STOP.]] ---

Hi, my comments, huh? And I quote: Do not post any material or links to material that is libelous, defamatory, false, obscene, violent, abusive, threatening, harassing, prejudicial, or is otherwise in violation of the law or MAEPedia guidelines. Yeah, it's all good, all that violence (oops), threatening (oops), prejudicial (oops) stuff about us destroying the planet and enjoying watching it. Thanks a bunch.

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This exhibit is an exercise in self important oppulance, and was a complete waste of time.

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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Artist-led tour: Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.
  • Critics' Trialogue: Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. with Chris Atkins.

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