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Andrea Galvani  |  Epílogo

18.09.15 - 06.11.15

 

 

At night, when the Earth has turned its back to the Sun, its light no longer illuminates the air above. For a few hours we can see through the turbulent atmosphere to the universe beyond. What we see with the unaided eye tells us very little. Only with the invention of the telescope did we begin to understand that this planet is not at the centre of all things. Only with the arrival of photography did we realize that there was no centre.
— David Malin, A View of the Universe

MARSO is proud to present Epílogo — the third exhibition from The End trilogy by Andrea Galvani — on view September 18th. During the opening reception on Friday, September 18th, the artist has invited Eloy Ayón-Beato, Theoretical Physicist and expert in black holes, for a collaborative intervention in the space.

Epílogo introduces viewers to the psychological landscape that serves as the foundation for The End, presenting three new site-specific installations. Following shows in Lima and New York, Epílogo completes the exhibition series of complex, cross-disciplinary works including photography, drawings, installation, video, audio, and performance. Expanding the project's scope, this show extends the timeline of The Endin both directions, from its theoretical origins to the genesis of a new stage in the continuum.

Epílogo inverts the artistic process, allowing access to the conceptual and scientific universe that generated the work. Exhibiting primary source material compiled through Galvani's intensive research, viewers can travel inside the artist's mind to the intelligible space where creation begins. A new dimension is thus exposed as an architectonic blueprint, a schematic portrait of the project's evolution.

Presented for the first time, The End [Action #9] builds upon The End [Action #1], a multichannel video installation of a never-ending sunrise conceived as an homage to Galileo Galilei, the Art in General New Commission originally presented in New York City. With Action #9, Galvani redirects our focus to the night sky: an extended vision of Galileo's cosmology. Generated by an action produced in over 100 locations around the globe, Action #9 represents the artist's attempt to chart infinity — to quantify the unquantifiable. The resulting installation manifests as a kaleidoscope of images, a fragmented topology of celestial geometry.

Epílogo seems to fluctuate between light and dark, absence and presence. Exploring the instability of form, the project exists in a perpetually transformative state: changing shape with each manifestation, each passing phase is no more definitive than another. Simultaneously a whole as well as individual modular parts, Epílogo is a paradox, both ephemeral and atemporal, perhaps better understood as fluctuation, volatility itself — a metaphysical study of being and becoming.


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, audio, drawing, installation, performance, and text-based works. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum, New York; 4th Moscos Biennale for Contemporary Art; the Meditations Biennale, Poznan, Poland; 9th Biennial of Contemporary Art of Nicaragua; Art in General, New York; 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 Borse Photography Prize. He has been a visiting artist at NYU (2009-10) and has completed several artist residencies in New York City, including Location One International Artist Residency Program (2008), the LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009), and the M.I.A. Artist Space Program/Columbia University School of the Arts (2010).

Eloy Ayón-Beato, Ph.D. is a renown physicist. He is currently a Full Professor for the Department of Physics at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINESTAV-IPN), Mexico City. He has been awarded the Arturo Rosenblueth Prize and Weizmann Prize, is Level III of the National Researchers System (SNI) and has received grants from different agencies including CONACYT-Mexico and CONICYT-Chile. He has published over 40 articles in numerous prestigious publications, these contributions have more than 1,000 citations. His research interests include black holes physics, gravity in diverse dimensions and gravity aspects of string theory.

 

 

Epílogo #0, 2015

Photographic prints on PVC board and wood on oak wood table, accompanied by a 4 channel audio installation. Dimensions variable. Photos, drawings, and documents from artist’s research.

 

Epílogo #0, 2015

Photographic prints on PVC board and wood on oak wood table, accompanied by a 4 channel audio installation. Dimensions variable. Photos, drawings, and documents from artist’s research.

 

The End Action #1, 2013- 2015.

Two channel video installation.Dimensions variable. Two of seven videos. 16mm film transferred to HD.

 

Epílogo #11, 2015

Installation detail, 1 of 100 unique photographs mounted on aluminum dibond, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO.

 

Llevando una pepita de oro #7, 2015

C-Print mounted on aluminum, white wood frame, museum glass 188 x 208 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO.

The End Action #9, 2015

Photographic prints on books. Dimensions variable. 

 
 

“The End #39 (Study on Gravity)” and “The End #40 (Study on Ptolemaic Universe)”, 2015.

Black ink on archival paper, 50 x 70 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO