Sunday, May 03, 2009

An Artful Afternoon in Queens pt 3: Chris and Anne in Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool

Spent a lot of today at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. There was installed there Leandro Erlich's Swimming Pool. According to the P.S. 1 site, it is:

an extraordinary and visually confounding installation...on view in P.S.1’s unique, double-height Duplex gallery from October 19, 2008 through April 13, 2009. 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.

Speaking about the project, Erlich says: “When I first visited P.S.1, I remember thinking how perfect the Duplex space would be for the installation of Swimming Pool. This space divided the experience of seeing the work perfectly, and in the correct order. Almost ten years since its creation, Swimming Pool is finally in the exhibition space for which I have always felt is so perfectly suited.”

Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder.

The whole thing's a trip. It's a beautiful tribute to perception and leisure. Here's a pic of Anne "under water" in the pool, then a picture of Chris "in" the pool with me down there with him.

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