Andrea Galvani © Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #7 (detail), 2015
C-Print mounted on aluminum, white wood frame. 188 x 208 x 7 cm, framed
Courtesy 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 © Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #0, 2015
California gold nugget. 12 x 15 x 8mm, 9 grams, 24 karats
Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani © Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #6 (detail), 2015
C-Print mounted on aluminum, customized wood frame. 188 x 208 x 7 cm, framed
Courtesy the artist; Revolver Galería, Lima; and MARSO Galería, Mexico City

Andrea Galvani © Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #5 and #6, 2015
C-Print mounted on aluminum, customized wood frame. 188 x 208 x 7 cm each, framed
Deutsche Bank Collection, London
Courtesy the artist and The RYDER Projects, London

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 © The End [Action #5], 2015
16 mm film transferred to HD; projected on silk, steel and concrete structure.180 x 151 x 32 cm
Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani © The End [Action #5], 2015
Still from 16 mm film transferred to HD
Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería, Lima

Andrea Galvani © Study on Gravity, 2016
6500K neon, cobalt blue blown glass. 200 x 255 x 8 cm // 79 x 100 x 3 inches
Courtesy the artist; Artericambi, Italy; Revolver Galería, Lima; and The RYDER Projects, London

The End [Action #5] documents a never-ending sunset, a segment of infinity. Filmed from a military aircraft flying at supersonic speeds opposite the earth's rotation, the video suspends the descending sun over an oceanic horizon. Time is frozen at the cusp of separation between day and night, forced perception of a ceaseless, distorted moment. Accelerated space produces violent vibrations, destabilizing the boundary of sea and sky. The video describes the tension of in-between states. Our experience of reality is disarticulated - we are at the precipice of the end. The End [Action #5] monumentalizes trace existence in constant flux. A metaphorical memorial of life, death, and the transcendent beyond, The End [Action #5] presents Being as a disequilibrium, a constellation of states in perpetual transformation.

Andrea Galvani © The End [Action #5], 2015
Concrete structure with gold Apple MacBook, 16mm film transferred to HD
Courtesy the artist; The RYDER Projects, London; and Revolver Galería, Lima