If you attended or saw pictures of the Scope Art Fair in New York recently, you probably noticed the life-sized headless horse made of rhinestones and mirrors by artists Andréa Stanislav and Dean Lozow.
After seeing the duo’s hypnotic video with mirrored monoliths, it was hard not to dive into more. Huff Post recently interviewed them and while here’s the full interview, below are two questions we extracted from it below as well as a sample of their creative and fabulous work.
HP: Your images are often interlaced with song lyrics or film references. What role does pop culture play in your works?
AS: I come from a family of musicians. My mother was a classical pianist, so I grew up around music and going to jazz shows. My father thought i was going to become a jazz musician, a trombonist. Dean comes from the rock-and-roll world– in the band The Mundanes– so we both have engaged with the music world for quite a while in different ways. When I work with text-based imagery I am referring to pop culture, film and writers like William Burroughs. I am gleaning particular phrases that speak to the issue of dystopia, to the end of empires. I look at a lot of science fiction also — “Solaris,” “2001 A Space Odyssey,” The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Nirvana. I am putting these lyrics against the surface of glitter construction.
HP: Who are some of your influences?
AS: I am influenced by Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, and combining [my work] with minimal forms of someone like Donald Judd. I am interested in these mashups, in bringing different movements together that have historically been against each other, like pop and minimalism. It is a spectacle and a critique of the spectacle as well.