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P.S. 1 for the pool

Leandro Erlich

The P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City is one of my favorite places. As a former school building, the architecture invokes childhood nostalgia at once dreamy and institutionally spooky – a prime backdrop for a museum or as a friend would, say, “projecting.”

Currently, “Jonathan Horowitz: And/Or”, a higher profile exhibition, features “subversive” pop cultural references mingled with politics, consumerism and celebrity. Including a quote from Jane Fonda about not being a “dime a dozen” blonde bombshell, but rather a citizen with a cause. Otherwise, she’d be “dead like Monroe.”

However, if you’re strapped for time, visit the swimming pool by Leandro Erlich, an extensive installation of a transparent pool and deck ceiling, where visitors can hang out below the transparency in a luminous bungalow “under” the water that makes one feel cradled in an unnaturally dry, non-buoyant – but morale boosting – environment.

Botched wheatpasting makes for peculiar art
September 15, 2008, 8:48 pm
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If you’ve been to SculptureCenter in Long Island City, you’ve probably noticed the fluorescent yellow-green rock lawn outside the building. The experience is remarkable in the sense that I felt like I was in one of those black and white cult movie posters with a neon graphic splashed across the surface. Anyhow, while there, I encountered this artist who attempted to fix a half-botched wheatpasting job to no avail. Poor guy – though, perhaps, an interesting performance piece while he alternated one arm versus the other to keep the thing up.