A gold nugget accelerating at the speed of sound.
An action produced simultaneously in more than 30 locations.
A 16mm video of a never-ending sunset recorded from a military aircraft and a series of large scale analogue photographs documenting the physical manifestation of the sound barrier from a unique perspective.
Boundaries change position, accumulate power, produce energy. In mathematics, they define continuity, derivation, and integration. Boundaries can be political, geographical, or psychological territories — often the most significant boundaries are invisible. These are some elements of investigation present in The End, a new body of work by Andrea Galvani, resulting from two years of research conducted in the United States and Mexico. The first stage of this cross-disciplinary project, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido, will premier next week at Revolver Galería in Lima — Galvani’s debut solo exhibition in Peru.
Coeval is proud to share a selection of the artist’s unpublished work prior to its international presentation. The End is a trilogy of exhibitions that will unfold in multiple manifestations — first in Lima, followed by New York, then Mexico City — a complex body of work which includes an 11 channel video installation, a simultaneous sound project, drawings, photographs, objects, and a performance that will take place at specific times as an extension of the exhibition.
Developed with institutional support and scientific rigor, The End seems to articulate and extend the limit between physicality and immateriality. Collaborating with producers, pilots, engineers, cameramen, the artist orchestrated different actions oriented towards a new visionary perspective. Training over the course of months, he flew parallel to military jets, shooting a specific event from an F-18 aircraft. In the multichannel video installation, The End (Action #1), the horizon becomes a unifying visual field and our subjective perception disappears, expanding into a singular vision. Galvani’s work suggests violent transformation from a painful process to a peaceful, if transient, state of being.
Andrea Galvani lives and works in New York and Mexico City. Drawing from other disciplines and often assuming scientific methodologies, his conceptual research informs his use of photography, video, drawing, and installation. ￼
Galvani’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the Whitney Museum, New York; 4th Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art; the Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland; 9th Biennal of Contemporary Art of Nicaragua; Aperture Foundation, New York; The Calder Foundation, New York; Mart Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy; Macro Museum, Rome; GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy; De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam; Oslo Plads, Copenhagen, among others. In 2011, he received the New York Exposure Prize and was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. He earned a BFA in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1999, and his MFA in Visual Art from Bilbao University in 2002. He has been a visiting artist at NYU (2009-10) and has completed artist residencies at Location One International Artist Residency Program New York (2008), LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009), M.I.A. Artist Space Program/Columbia University School of the Arts, Brooklyn, NY (2010). From 2006 to 2009, he was a professor of Photographic Language and the History of Contemporary Photography at the University of Carrara for Fine Arts in Bergamo, Italy.
The End Trilogy Forthcoming Exhibitions:
Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido on view April 22 - June 2015 at Revolver Galería, Calle General Recavarren, 261, Miraflores 18, Peru; revolvergaleria.com
The End, a New Commission presented by Art in General, on view May 16 - June 28, 2015 at Art in General, 79 Walker St., #6, New York, NY; www.artingeneral.org
The End, curated by Sofia Mariscal, on view September 2015 at Marso Galería Arte Contemporáneo, Berlín 37, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico; www.marso.com.mx
Courtesy of the Artist