Leandro Erlich is known for installations that seem to defy the basic laws of physics and befuddle the viewer, who is introduced into jarring environments that momentarily threaten a sense of balance or space. For this exhibition, Erlich presents one of his most well-known and critically acclaimed pieces, Swimming Pool.

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.

Exhibition currently on at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, United States. From Sunday 19 October 2008 to Monday 05 October 2009.

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3 Responses
  1. Anney Says:

    This is really cool! Sorry I'm not on facebook. I will sign up one day and won't forget to add you. hehehe! Have a great week Sera!

  2. amiable amy Says:

    thanks for the visit

  3. Dee Says:

    What an invention! Awesome and fun! :D

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