Andrea Galvani: A Few Invisible Sculptures
By Tema Stauffer
Born in Italy and based in Brooklyn for the past three years, Andrea Galvani brings a seductive streak of surrealism and rugged masculinity to his interdisciplinary practice. Galvani’s first solo show with Meulensteen opened on February 23rd and is on view through April 21st. A Few Invisible Sculptures combines sound sculpture, drawings, text-based works, collages and photographs collectively exploring what Galvani describes as “an architecture of the invisible.”
Galvani transports us somewhere fantastically beautiful between reality and miracle. Strange things occur in his stark and mysterious landscapes – like a polar bear lured to the scent of human pheromones emanating from a spherical sculpture Galvani positioned on a flat expanse of snow in the North Pole. These documents of phenomena shot on various formats of film use science and strategy rather than digital technology to capture the incredible – making them even more remarkable and mystifying.
A Few Invisible Sculptures includes a series of collages Galvani produced from fragments of photographs of oceans and icebergs between Norway and Russia, as well as drawings of stalactites from caves and an audio installation of the ultrasonic sounds of bats flying around suspended sculptures in an acoustic laboratory. It is as though Werner Herzog meets David Lynch for a journey into the wilderness that is bold and ambitious – physically, psychologically and spiritually. Galvani creates a space that is at once otherworldly and firmly rooted in this world.