Live performance: Thursday 8 & Wednesday 14, 7pm
The RYDER is pleased to present The Sun, a Gold Nugget and Seven Stairs, Andrea Galvani’s first solo show in London. The exhibition is a reconfiguration of selected works from The End, an acclaimed international trilogy originally presented in Peru, New York, and Mexico.
Present in the dust of our solar system, gold has been at the centre of the earth since the beginning of geological time. A gold nugget, accelerated to the speed of sound, is perched atop a concrete plinth in the centre of the gallery. Juxtaposing object and image, a large-scale analogue photograph freezes an F-18 military aircraft in the moment it is crossing the sound barrier. Filmed at supersonic speeds, a never-ending sunset documents a segment of infinity. Drawings, derived from theories which altered scientific understanding, are extracted from historical context and suspended in a silent dialogue.
Developed with institutional support and scientific rigor, The Sun, a Gold Nugget and Seven Stairs attempts to articulate and extend the limits of physicality and immateriality. During the inauguration and at certain times throughout the course of the exhibition, the artist will collaborate with physicists from Space and Atmospheric Physics at the Imperial College of London to stage an intervention – progressively transforming the space.