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Leandro Erlich: Dalston House / Barbican, London / Interview

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is a highly interactive work that lives through the participation of the visitors. As the organizers state, visitors can “scale the walls of a Victorian terraced house without your feet ever leaving the ground.” So if you ever wanted to be Spider-Man, that’s your chance.

Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston. The work resembles a theater set. Erlich created a detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house – recalling those that once stood on the street – that lies horizontally on the ground with mirrors positioned overhead. The reflections of visitors give the impression they are standing on, suspended from, or scaling the building vertically.

Leandro Erlich’s installation Dalston House goes back to his work Bâtiment that he conceived for the 2004 edition of the “La Nuit Blanche”-event in Paris, France. The Argentinian artist is known for his works that play with space, architecture and the viewer’s perception. Other popular works are La Torre (2007) and Swimming Pool (2008).

On the occasion of Leandro Erlich’s installation Dalston House, VernissageTV had the chance to speak with the artist about his latest installation and his work in general.

The captivating, three-dimensional visual illusion Dalston House at 1-7 Ashwin Street in Dalston (London, UK) runs until August 4, 2013. Erlich’s installation will be accompanied by talks, workshops and live performances, exploring themes related to the project, including architectural history, urbanism, and perception, which will be developed in collaboration with local organisations. Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is part of the Beyond Barbican Summer 2013.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House / Interview. June 26, 2013.

PS: Click here to watch Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool / P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

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Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool / P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York

The P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center opened several new exhbitions for P.S.1′s Fall Opening Celebration on October 19, 2008. One of them (coverage of the others coming soon) is Argentine artist Leandro Erlich’s monumental installation “Swimming Pool” in P.S.1′s unique double-height Duplex gallery.
Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool was first created during Leandro Erlich’s residency the the Core Program in Houston in 1999. Swimming Pool is one of his most well-known pieces. About the presentation at P.S.1 Erlich says that the P.S.1′s Duplex gallery is perfect for the piece: “It offers an opportunity to view the piece in the correct order: first from above and then from below and inside.” (excerpt from a conversation with P.S.1 Director Alanna Heiss: Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool: Immersed in Reverse).
Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When approached from the first floor, visitors are confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water. It is only when visitors enter the Duplex gallery from the basement that they recognize that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist. A large, continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool and suspends water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that is both disorienting and humorous.
We followed the order recommended by Leandro Erlich for shooting this documentary. Note the people who are performing swimming movements!
Leandro Erlich, born in 1973 in Buenos Aires, has been exhibiting his work internationally for over ten years. He represented Argentina at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), where he showed “Swimming Pool” and is also featured currently in the Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial and the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion in New York. Leandro Erlich lives and works in Buenos Aires.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Opening Fall Celebration. New York, October 19, 2008. Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool is on view through April 13, 2009.
PS: Artkrush editor Paul Laster in conversation with Leandro Erlich.

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