THE THEOREM OF INFINITE SUN
Curated by Rafa Barber
The RYDER Projects. Calle Miguel Servet 13, 28012 Madrid
Opening Reception: 17 February 2022, 7pm-9pm.
17th February - 2nd April 2022
The RYDER Projects is proud to present Andrea Galvani’s The Theorem of Infinite Sun, a multidisciplinary solo exhibition constituted by a new series of large-scale photographs, neon works, video sculpture, and live performance. This marks the international artist’s third solo show with The RYDER and his first solo show in Madrid, presented with the collaboration and support of Fundación “La Caixa” and Colección SOLO, two of Spain’s most well-known contemporary art institutions that have recently acquired several of Galvani’s works for their permanent collections.
Generated by a series of radical actions and rigorous research, the artworks in this show disclose secret transits and powerful transformations that enable us to escape the illusion of time as uniform and absolute, breaking the barricades of finitude and opening a new dimension into which we can physically enter. A monumental site-specific neon sculpture radiating light the same color temperature as the stars describes a number so large its digits cannot fit within the observable Universe. Luminance fills the architectural contours of the space, the concept extends outward into the unimaginable. A video sculpture filmed at supersonic speeds shows a never-ending sunset. Space is accelerated in order to suspend the passage of time, destabilizing boundaries through the forced perception of a ceaseless, distorted event. A new body of photographic works, presented in Europe for the first time, documents professional skydivers in free fall at dusk—reveling the invisible stratification of time, articulating the gravitational force of the Earth. Through intensive daily intervention, a live performance produced in collaboration with researchers from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid gradually engulfs the gallery in a constellation of handwritten calculations—deconstructing, designating, and interrogating the very nature of the reality that surrounds us. A mathematical equation written in red neon allow us to witness the possibility of all sunrises and sunsets from every location on the planet.
Time manifests as cosmic movements: the transit of light from day to night, tracing the orbit of our planet around the Sun. We generally float through time, passively obeying its cyclical rhythms and respecting its seemingly impenetrable parameters. But in The Theorem of Infinite Sun, we force the perimeter—traveling through time to push its limits, in order to transcend its magnitude. Borders become malleable as Galvani stretches, shapes, and invites us to enter into a dimension that is real, concrete, and possible.