Andrea Galvani © 2011, Higgs Ocean #18

Photo collage on archival paper, 91 x 116 cm // 35.8 X 45.7 inches, framed

Courtesy of the Artist

Higgs Ocean

In the same way in which he used solar energy to return light into the universe, Galvani has also conducted parallel experiments with sound. Recording, amplifying, and projecting the sound of natural phenomena, he produces violent actions in the landscape. Higgs Ocean #11 and #12 documents the first phase of one such experiment, in which the sound of an iceberg collapsing is captured and played back at a frequency capable of creating a new fissure. The resulting loop harnesses the power of a natural phenomenon in order to perpetuate it.

A vast selection from the archive of photographs of the voyage where also used by the artist to build a series of intricately assembled collages. Thousands of images recording changes in light and the shifting morphology of the landscape are arranged into forms, which resemble the simultaneously monumental and vulnerable icebergs that Galvani encountered in the Arctic. These collages incorporate visual documentation from throughout the entire journey, collapsing the duration of the trip and the experience of his interventions there into a single image.

Andrea Galvani © 2011, Higgs Ocean #18, Higgs Ocean #16
Partial installation view at Meulensteen formerly Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Andrea Galvani © 2010, Higgs Ocean #12
C-print mounted on aluminum dibond wood white frame, 104 X 148 cm // 40.9 X 58.3 inches, framed
Courtesy of the artist, Artericambi, Italy and Meulensteen Gallery, New York

Andrea Galvani © 2010, Higgs Ocean #11
C-print mounted on aluminum dibond wood white frame, 104 X 148 cm // 40.9 X 58.3 inches, framed
Courtesy of the artist, Artericambi, Italy and Meulensteen Gallery, New York

Andrea Galvani © 2011, Higgs Ocean #16
Photo collage on archival paper, 104 X 148 cm // 40.9 X 58.3 inches, framed
Courtesy of the artist and Meulensteen Gallery, New York