Traversing between illusory and seeming daily realities, reasonable and irrational
Leandro Erlich is an artist. His work play with images and motifs that are recognisable to our everyday lives and he uses their context as a stage for creating a fictional world that is obtained through psychological subversions of shared, public and familiar spaces. The visceral sensations of body-displacement and dislocation are a reminder that the perceptual world that surrounds us is far more fragile and temporary than we believe. Crucial to this suspension of disbelief is the viewer and the interaction of the spectator. Erlich manages to capture his audience through his child-like imagination that manages to affront themes and issues that are profoundly touching to contemporary man
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A work that evokes those hypnotic rotorelieves made almost a century ago by Marcel Duchamp in collaboration with Man Ray, for the experimental short Anémic Cinéma, and that takes up Erlich's interest in stairs. For his Liminal exhibition, also hosted at Malba last year, he installed another one on the esplanade that led to a window suspended in the void.
“The climate crisis has become an objective problem that requires immediate solutions,” Erlich says. “As an artist, I am in a constant struggle to make people aware of this reality, in particular, the idea that we cannot shrink away from our responsibilities to protect the planet.”
He has paid homage to the City of Light’s changing skies by filling its windows with wispy cloudlike shapes. Surreal cloud formations will be projected on a giant screen erected under the store’s glass roof. Meanwhile, a bank of fake elevators promises to further scramble visitors’ perception.
“There is no single format,” he added. “I’ve done video, sculpture, photography and of course installations. The idea of conceptual art is now broad enough to include all forms of expression.”