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January 18, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

Hey, even glam punks don’t glitter all the time.

This seems to be the message packaged into Andréa Stanislav’s new solo show at the Chambers’ Burnett Gallery, which finds a profound darkness lurking beneath the artist’s trademark facades of sparkle and spangle.  “lighting struck itself,” which opened on Jan. 15 is easily this winter’s premier visual art event Downtown. It’s an exciting chance to see what one of Minneapolis’ most fawned-over art stars has been up to in the last year.

Exactly 12 months ago at the Chambers, Stanislav unveiled “Holiday in the sun,” a solo show that won blanket acclaim locally for its irresistible bathing of pop culture references in candy-pop sheen. The show’s iconic image, the character Omar from HBO’s “The Wire” placed in a thick halo of ruby glitter, is still burning the retinas of local critics.

And 12 months before that, Stanislav had an equally gabbed-about show in the coveted MAEP Gallery in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  “Rivers to infinity” featured a mulit-media “riverscape” created in the gallery space, with a mirrored stream running the length of the tiled floor.

Light, reflection and sparkle have been huge themes in Stanislav’s work. “It’s about glam rock and optimism,” the artist has said, “and the future’s bright and everything’s absolutely beautiful and shiny.”

But things are not so bright this year.

This time around, Stanislav goes darker and more complex. “lightning struck itself,” the artist says, explores dystopias as well as utopias — and how the two are intrinsically connected. The show is about “the failure of utopian impulses,” Stanislav states. “There’s an irony in man’s attempts to achieve the ideal being mapped out through trails of carnage and destruction.”

We can still expect the pop and punk rock references — images of rock iconoclasts like The Clash, Gang of Four and Television feature prominently, as do nods to “A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange.”  But we’ll also hear the ominous rumblings beneath the imagery.

lightning struck itself
New works by Andréa Stanislav
Through March 7, 2010
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily

(Editor's note: This article has been revised to correct the title of the show.)