Andrea Galvani © 2015, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #7 (detail)
C-Print mounted on aluminum, white wood frame, UV glass. 188 x 208 cm framed
Courtesy of the artist, Revolver Galería, Lima and Marso Galería, Mexico City

Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido

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.

A series of large-scale analogue photographs documenting the physical manifestation of the sound barrier from a unique perspective.

 

 

Developed with institutional support and scientific rigor, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido is the premier stage of The End, a trilogy of exhibitions unfolding in multiple manifestations. A complex, cross-disciplinary project, The End includes photographs, a multichannel video installation, a simultaneous sound project, drawings, objects, and a performance taking place at specific times as an extension of the exhibition. Collaborating with producers, pilots, engineers, and cameramen, Andrea Galvani 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. Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido seems to articulate and extend the limits of physicality and immateriality.


Andrea Galvani © 2015, The End #9 (Study on NASA document)
Print on Archival paper, black wood frame 55 x 75 cm framed
Courtesy of the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido, 2015
Partial installation view at Revolver Galería

Andrea Galvani © 2015, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #0
California gold nugget, 12 x 15 x 8mm, 9 grams, 24 karats
Courtesy of the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani © 2015 (Left) The End #10 (Study on Galileo Galilei Diagram), (Right) The End #11 (Study on Mach Wave Diagram),
Both Black Ink on Archival paper, white wood frame with museum glass, 50 x 70 cm each
Courtesy of the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Sound travels in all directions across an omnipresent yet invisible field. To break the sound barrier is to reveal its physicality. As a jet plane accelerates from subsonic to supersonic speeds, sound waves compress and the atmosphere condenses in anomalous pockets of pressure. As it supersedes sonic velocity, the jet is temporarily absorbed in a cone of vapor — a nebulous portal to the sonic frontier. To cross the threshold of sound is to enter a state of silence. The intensity of this moment sends tangible reverberations, Mach waves, radiating to the ground. Such rapid pressure disturbances produce an explosion: the sonic boom. Galvani’s works, in their placid yet powerful simplicity, suggest violent transformation from a painful process to a peaceful, if transient, state of being.

Andrea Galvani © 2015, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #6 (detail)
C-Print mounted on aluminum, white wood frame, UV glass. 188 x 208 cm framed
Courtesy of the artist, Revolver Galería, Lima and Marso Galería, Mexico City

Andrea Galvani © 2015, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #0
California gold nugget, 12 x 15 x 8mm, 9 grams, 24 karats
Partial installation view at Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani © 2015, The End (Action #5)
Still from 16 mm film transfer to HD
Courtesy of the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani © 2015, The End (Action #5)
16 mm film transfer to HD projected on silk, steel and concrete structure, 180 x 151 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima