Higgs Ocean #10  
Andrea Galvani

19.7 x 27.6 inches
c-print mounted on aluminum dibond
© the artist 2009/2010

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also available:

The Skull Sessions No. 2

The Skull Sessions No. 1



Project Description: 

The Higgs Ocean series documents a unique action staged off the coast of the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Circle. The project involved one research institute, two scientists and a crew of 16 people, and was borne out of fours months of study and preparation with a group of New York based Russian engineers. Over the course of the 2800 km sail, the artist used two photovoltaic panels to collect the natural energy of the limited daily sunlight, which he then used to charge a flashlight capable of projecting a beam of light more than 100,000 ansi lumen strong. The beam of light pierced the Arctic landscape and sky, and within a few minutes, it had returned the luminescent memory of the artist’s trip to the universe.

Andrea Galvani’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum, New York, NY; 4th Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art; the Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland; Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; The Calder Foundation, New York, NY; Mart Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy; Macro Museum, Rome, Italy; GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy; De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam; Oslo Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark, among others. In 2011, he received the New York Exposure Prize and was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Galvani earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1999, and his MFA in Visual Art from Bilbao University in 2002. He has been a visiting artist at NYU and has completed several artist residencies in New York City, including Location One International Artist Residency Program, the LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MIA Artist Space Program/Columbia University School of the Arts. Galvani was born in Verona, Italy in 1973 and currently lives in New York.