Since moving from Milan to Los Angeles in the 1990s Gianluca Galtrucco has greatly expanded his experience as a fine art photographer. He also wrote, produced and directed the award-winning short film Blind spot (2007).
Galtrucco has published two photo books, For your consideration (2017) and time traveller (2021), both published by Hatje Cantz, Germany. time traveller The traveling photo exhibition will premiere in July 2022 at Edition ONE Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, followed by the Leica Gallery, West Hollywood, CA. in August. His first NFT’s inspired by time traveller, Alien and Spaceman will be released on The Secret, Blockchain in Fall 2022.
This latest photo book, time traveller, he kidnaps our sensations and throws us into a cosmos that ends science. We encounter UFOs, some oddly antiquated, others futuristic. We encounter an astronaut eating at a diner, or machines and vehicles that might fill interplanetary colonies. time traveller is full of unlikely scenes that collapse time and space.
Galtrucco’s artwork has been shown in numerous venues, including the seminal group show New Italian Landscape, curated by Maria Grazia Torri, which toured throughout Italy in 1999, and 7 Artists Meet, held at the Sharjah Art Museum in 2000. His solo show Metamorphosis, curated by Giovanna Zamboni Paulis and Alma Ruiz, was shown at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions in Milan, Barcelona and New York. He also took part in the Florence Biennale and the MIA Photo Fair in Milan.
Patricia Lanza: The Time Traveler series and book release is about space travel, space travel and our quest for intelligent life in the universe. How did your interest in this topic and your influences come about?
Gianluca Galtrucco: My fascination with space travel started in my youth, when I liked films about space and read science fiction novels. But my influences were far-reaching. My favorite books include Luigi Ghirri’s Atlante and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Time Traveler is a contemplation, a visual meditation on the sky, space travel and extraterrestrial life. I also want this series and publication to be a visit to the past and future, a visit that humanity has made repeatedly over the past millennium. I grew up in Milan, just a few minutes walk from the planetarium, the Brera Academy (which used to be an astronomical observatory). These influenced my early interest in the cosmos
PL: What are the distinctive storylines of this series?
GG: The series follows four distinctive storylines: the astronauts’ space travel and their return to Earth and their daily lives, the possible abduction of humans by extraterrestrials, the metallic guts of the aerospace industry (with its installations, control panels, monitors and huge storage tanks ) and the quiet beauty of the soft sky.
PL: Your work takes a cinematic approach. How has coming from Italy and living in Los Angeles influenced your style?
GG: When I moved to Los Angeles, the capital of world cinema. There I encountered a wildly inconsistent cosmos in which luxury, artificiality, spectacle and glamor coexist with poverty, naivety, crime and desolation. This is the surreal life of Los Angeles, a place of visual inconsistencies, just like in the movies. Los Angeles has also become a place of sci-fi reverie with the development of the aerospace industry.
PL: You are researching the idea of extraterrestrial life, what do you think of it given the recent release of data that has been released about UFOs and the subject?GG: While capturing many of these images around the Los Angeles area, I was also interested in finding locations that evoke visions of otherworldly beings and UFOs. Of course, I visited the now-legendary sites of possible alien contact, including Roswell, New Mexico, and Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, Route 375. Recent data released by government agencies confirms the existence of UFOs. I believe there are other “life forms” in the universe, but what shape and form they take is still undiscovered, including intelligent beings.
PL: What do you want to achieve with your book and series?
GG: I will be hosting an inaugural event and exhibition July 1-30, 2022 at Edition One Gallery in Santa Fe, NM to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the UFO/Roswell NM. and a book signing. The Leica Gallery in Los Angeles will host my exhibition from August 4th to mid-September 2022.
PL: galtrucco; Why did you decide to enter the blockchain space with yours? time traveller NFT series?
GG: Blockchain’s offering of decentralized ownership and interchangeable digital goods made sense to me. While I can’t claim to fully understand the implications of NFTs, they do offer an opportunity to share art and create a community. I’ve been waiting for the right situation to start my first NFT. That time traveller Exhibition is that moment as the collection represents mankind’s pursuit of extraordinary endeavors. It is paradoxically tempting to create something for distribution on the Internet and the structures and limitations of a unique digital identifier that cannot be duplicated, replaced or subdivided. This new way of defining artwork adds another meaningful dimension to it. Creation can be ephemeral, and if the artistic crucible is a crucible, then NFTs can capture the moment of melting, which is magical.