SINGLE CLOUD COLLECTION BY LEANDRO ERLICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich’s “Single Cloud Collection” gives us a surreal taste of what capturing a cloud in glass would look like. Using the artistic method of layering, Erlich’s sculptural pieces are given a three-dimensionality. Each “captured cloud” is the illusionary result of numerous panes of glass that are individually embellished with acrylics.

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Erlich plays with an audience’s visual senses. The artist forces viewers to rethink the way they see things. Like a true magician, he leaves one to question the impossibility of something. What appears to be a three-dimensional anomaly seems to be true based on sensory observation, but, ultimately, is just an illusion.

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Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich

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‘Swimming Pool’ is an interactive installation by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, that creates the illusion of being underwater. Viewers can look down into what appears to be a full pool of water with fully clothed visitors walking around the bottom of the pool. When viewers look up from “underwater”, the thin piece of glass with water running over the top of it gives them blurry vision as if they were actually opening their eyes under water.

‘Swimming Pool’ was conceived in 1999, and is on permanent display at the 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanzawa, Japan. It has also had temporary installations at the Venice Biennale and MoMA PS1.

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