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Leandro Erlich | Swimming pool 2010 | Installation view at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City | Timber, swimming pool ladder, plexiglass and water | Photography: Don Pollard, New York | © Leandro Erlich | Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Leandro Erlich ‘Swimming Pool’ 2010

In Leandro Erlich’s installations, familiar spaces such as apartment buildings, hairdressing salons, and gallery spaces are used in unexpected and confounding ways. Basic laws of physics are seemingly inverted, and viewers are plunged into environments that both confuse and delight the senses.

Swimming pool 2010 is among the artist’s most well-known and critically acclaimed works — a trompe l’oeil sculpture of the most ambitious scale, in which a gallery space is transformed into a swimming pool, complete with timber decking, ladder and lapping water. Approaching the edge of the pool, visitors are further confounded by the sight of people walking underneath the water. The installation was first displayed at the 2001 Venice Biennale in the Argentinean pavilion, and has subsequently been exhibited at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, where a version has been constructed as a permanent installation.

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