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Luca Buvoli

New York-based multimedia artist Luca Buvoli (b. 1963, Italy) has exhibited internationally for 30 years. His work intertwines mythology, science, and ideology, with daily life and humor. Major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York have acquired his sculptures, and his animated films and videos have been screened internationally at the Lincoln Center, New York; MoMA, New York; and the British Library, London.
His expanded multimedia projects have been presented at the 2007 Venice Biennale (image on right), the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale, and other biennials in Asia and Europe.


Buvoli’s museum solo shows include the Phillips Collection, Washington DC (Digital Intersection, 2020), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2001), the M.I.T. List Center, Cambridge (2000), ICA in Philadelphia (2007), and gallery solo shows at Cristin Tierney gallery (2022), Susan Inglett gallery  (2009), Hyundai Gallery (2012), and John Weber Gallery (1995, 1997, 1999). Group shows include the Utopia Matters (Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin, 2010, pre-installation rendering shown on left), Venice Biennale (2007, image above, on right), Greater New York at P.S. 1 MoMA (2000), and the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa (1997). Permanent public commissions are in New York, Houston, and in Seattle.
Luca Buvoli has been a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. He is the Director of the Mount Royal School of Art Multidisciplinary Master of Fine Arts Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

 

Luca Buvoli "Galaxy Wall", photograph by Natalia CarstensLuca Buvoli "Galaxy Wall", photograph by Natalia Carstens

Luca Buvoli

Galaxy Wall

2022

comprised of 33 individual elements / drawings (acrylic, gouache, ink, pencil, and collage on black acid-free paper),

MDF panels, polymer clay frames reinforced with wire mesh, wood, primer, spray paint, and curtain rods

each drawing ca. 30,5 by 22,9 cm / 22,9 by 30,5 cm,

as installed ca. 255 by 580 cm

 

Luca Buvoli "Galaxy Wall", detail, photograph by Natalia CarstensLuca Buvoli "Galaxy Wall", detail, photograph by Natalia Carstens

Luca Buvoli "Galaxy Wall", detailLuca Buvoli "Galaxy Wall", detail

 

 

 

Buvoli began The Quarantine Chronicles - his daily practice of expression and communication - while living in isolation during quarantine.

The protagonist is Astrodoubt, a fictitious astronaut who imagines drifting into space to escape ecological disaster, but is instead is grounded on this planet by the deadly pandemic.

Astrodoubt’s only hope for survival is “humor and creativity.”

The series is part of the artist’s Space Doubt Expedition Project, which began in 2009 in collaboration with NASA scientists and other institutions, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Over more than one decade, the project evolved from sculpture and drawing to painting, video animations, installations, and most recently social media (@astrodoubt_).

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Big Bang"Luca Buvoli, "Big Bang"

Luca Buvoli

Big Bang (Lesson 1) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil, sand, satin varnish, and glitter on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "...And It Kept Expanding"Luca Buvoli, "...And It Kept Expanding"

Luca Buvoli

...And It Kept Expanding (Lesson 1) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil, sand, satin varnish, and glitter on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Some Believe That Time..."Luca Buvoli, "Some Believe That Time..."

Luca Buvoli

Some Believe That Time... (Lesson 3) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil, sand, and satin varnish on MDF

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "...Is A Countdown"Luca Buvoli, "...Is A Countdown"

Luca Buvoli

...Is A Countdown (Lesson 3) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil, sand, and satin varnish on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Melting Clock"Luca Buvoli, "Melting Clock"

Luca Buvoli

Melting Clock (Lesson 5) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil and satin varnish on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Time Does Not Exist"Luca Buvoli, "Time Does Not Exist"

Luca Buvoli

Time Does Not Exist (Lesson 7) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil, satin varnish, and glitter on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Time Can Change And Space Can Be Distorted"Luca Buvoli, "Time Can Change And Space Can Be Distorted"

Luca Buvoli

Time Can Change And Space Can Be Distoted (Lesson 6) –

from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil and satin varnish on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "...Forming Spacetime"Luca Buvoli, "...Forming Spacetime"

Luca Buvoli

...Forming Spacetime (Lesson 6) – from: A Brief History of Time (Under Covid) – in 7 Lessons

2022

oil, satin varnish, and glitter on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Astrodoubt Floating Over Horizon"Luca Buvoli, "Astrodoubt Floating Over Horizon"

Luca Buvoli

Astrodoubt Floating Over Horizon (2nd Version – Left) –

from: Astrodoubt and the Quarantine Chronicles

2022

oil and satin varnish on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

 

 

 

Luca Buvoli, "Astrodoubt FloaJng in GravitaJonal Waves"Luca Buvoli, "Astrodoubt FloaJng in GravitaJonal Waves"

Luca Buvoli

Astrodoubt Floating in Gravitaional Waves from: Astrodoubt and the Quarantine Chronicles

2022

oil and satin varnish on Dibond

8 by 14 in. (20,3 by 35,6 cm)

 

private collection, Switzerland