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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.


Switchback Sea Project Drops Anchor in Long Island City


Swoon’s remarkable floating sculptures, which were well worth the wait, arrived to a welcoming band and packed pier at Deitch Studios on Sunday. An irreverent crew member named Stephen stumbled onto the platform and jokingly balked, “What’s all this?”




“It’s Soup!”

The exhibition also had a piece featuring Soup, friend and subject throughout photographs by Tod Seelie and The Polaroid Kidd.

Soup by Swoon

Photo: Luna Park

Soup by Tod Seelie

Photo: Tod Seelie

Swoon's opening at Deitch Projects

More waiting…
Swoon's opening at Deitch Projects

A bit more…(I like this guy)
Swoon's opening at Deitch Projects


Swoon Swoon Swoon

Photo: bluecinema

Tonight’s agenda: a one-hour play aboard the floating sculptures sponsored by the much-loved, Swoon, as part of her “Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea” project. As you may recall, the Going Places (Doing Stuff) tour paid a brief visit to the docked pieces upstate for a sneak peek a couple weekends ago – which was, to say the least, a pleasant surprise since we didn’t know where were headed on the tour (a k a the point of it all). The project will make its way along the Hudson River and open at Deitch Studios in Long Island City, Queens on Sept. 7th.



Riverside Park Pier 1, 70th St. and Hudson River

8pm, FREE


Previous collaborations by Swoon:

Miss Rockaway Armada

Swoon, Chris Stain, The Polaroid Kidd in Paris

Swoon and Monica Canilao