Andrea Galvani, ‘A Few Invisible Sculptures #0’, 2016, Artericambi

What are we talking about when we talk about sculpture? With the rigor and method of American writer Raymond Carver, who published a collection of short stories entitled What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981), Andrea Galvani calls widely-accepted definitions of the medium into question. A Few Invisible Sculptures offers a sober and insightful reflection on the existence and function of contemporary sculpture, blurring and transgressing its boundaries. Through an interdisciplinary body of work – including action, sound, sculpture, drawing, text-based works, and photography – Galvani constructs a phenomenological architecture of the invisible.

A Few Invisible Sculptures #0 enters and explores contested space between functional objects and works of art. The fuel tank of a custom 1978 Guzzi V35 Imola motorcycle is replaced by a geometric steel sculpture – a mechanical intervention in which sculptural volume is used as a source of energy to produce an action. A driver was instructed to ride the bike in a continuous loop until all of the fuel was spent. Through this performance, A Few Invisible Sculptures #0 is elevated to a new state – it becomes an empty monument, a memory of transition. Sculptures migrate from shape to shape, from one material to another, suspended between states as invisible objects. A Few Invisible Sculptures are formed by their own displacement.

About Andrea Galvani