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Andrea Galvani © Study on Gravity, 2015-2016
6500K neon, cobalt blue blown glass
200 x 255 x 8 cm / 76.7 x 100.4 x 3.1 inches
Installation view at Revolver Galería, Lima

 

EPÍLOGO

In the beginning, our ancestors drew patterns in the sky, transforming stars into images of gods and creatures that were important to their cultures. It was not long before new additional patterns emerged so that eventually, the sky became a guide—offering temporal, navigational, agricultural, and ritual structure for events and activities on Earth. Although a certain astronomical order has been identified, observed, and rigorously studied, much of the cosmos still remains undisclosed. For all answered questions, many more have appeared, unresolved. For all of our calculations and hypotheses proven and explained, strange and wondrous phenomena are discovered, complicating our understanding and sometimes dismantling previously-held certainties. This is the field of thought from which works such as Study on a Rotating Black Hole (2015-2017), The End [Action #9] (2015), Study on Gravity (2015-2016), and Column on Varieties of Oblivion (2016-2017) radiate. 

This body of work seems to disclose a psychological landscape, inverting the artistic process and allowing access to the conceptual and scientific universe that generated The End Trilogy (2013-2017). The project extends the timeline of The End in both directions—from its theoretical origins to the genesis of a new stage. Exhibiting drawings, studies, and primary source material compiled through intensive research, a new dimension is thus exposed as an architectonic blueprint, a schematic portrait of alinear evolution. Epílogo (2015-2017) honors the pursuit of knowledge and perennial sense of wonder that has inspired ancient stargazers and contemporary scholars alike, but also exemplifies the limitations of our human condition facing the unknown.

 

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←Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #21 (Study on Solar Spectrum), 2013
→Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #22 (CSRIO Radio telescope, 
Parkes Observatory), 2014
↓Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #27 (Solar Eclipse), 2013

↑ Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #57 (Ikeya-Seki Comet), 2015
↓←Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #88 (Lune of Hippocrates), 2015
↓→Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #14 (Study on Ptolemaic Epicycles), 2013
Installation details mounted on tropical wood

 

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Andrea Galvani © Epílogo #0, 2015-2017
Series of customized tables in various sizes
4-channel audio installation
Unique drawings, prints, and archival materials
Mounted on tropical wood
Photo by Fernando Guerra

Andrea Galvani © Study on a Finite Unbounded Plane, 2014
Light blue pencil on archival paper, white wood frame
30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 inches

 

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Andrea Galvani © 2015
Epílogo #15 (Study on Astrophotography) 
Black-and-white photograph on archival paper
46 x 60 cm / 18.1 x 23.6 inches

 

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Andrea Galvani © 2015
Epílogo #59 (Study on Astronomical Instrument) 
Epílogo #17 (Study on Uranographic Machine)
Black-and-white photographs on archival paper
46 x 60 cm / 18.1 x 23.6 inches, each

 

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Andrea Galvani © Column on Varieties of Oblivion, 2016-2017
Scientific books, steel, and magnets. Dimensions variable
Unique segment of infinity column
Installation view at the Mart Museum, Trento
Photo by Andrea Cracco

 

Column on Varieties of Oblivion is a monument to intellectual labor, a living column like the mythological Tower of Babel. Recorded in the Book of Genesis, the myth begins at a time when humans spoke one language, and attempted to build a tower connecting earth to heaven. God, angered by their pride, made it so that they could no longer understand each other. People separated and dispersed. The tower was never finished.

Inspired by Rosmarie Waldrop’s eponymous poem from the volume Reluctant Gravities (New Directions, 1999), Column on Varieties of Oblivion by Andrea Galvani takes the shape of a stele—one of the oldest monumental forms used by early civilizations for funerary or religious purposes, or simply to mark designated areas of land. The installation is formed through a depository process—by gathering and stacking books that contain scientific theories which have either become obsolete, fallen into oblivion, or sedimented into later discoveries through additive progression. Each section presents a specific and unique lecture in the history of research.

 

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←Andrea Galvani © Study on Gravity and Pressure, 2012
Pigment liner and pen on archival paper
22 x 28 cm / 8.7 x 11 inches

→Andrea Galvani © Study on Gravity, 2015-2016
6500K neon, white blown glass
190 x 170 x 8 cm / 74.8 x 66.9 x 3 inches
Photo by Andrea Cracco

 

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Andrea Galvani © 2015
The End [Action #9] Photographic Strips and Geographic Coordinates
C-print mounted on aluminum dibond, white wood frame
Approx. 260 x 200 x 7 cm / 102.4 x 78.7 x 2.8 inches

 

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↑ Andrea Galvani © 2014
Epílogo #32 (Study on Ring Galaxies) 
Andrea Galvani © 2016
Epílogo #85 (Study on Conic Sections) 
↓←Andrea Galvani © 2016
Epílogo #87 (Study on Brahmagupta's Theorem) 
↓→Andrea Galvani © 2013
Huitzilopochtli (Study on Solar Deities) 
→Andrea Galvani © 2015
Epílogo #79 (Test Flight) 
Installation details mounted on tropical wood