Leandro Erlich, a noted Argentine conceptual artist, is well known for turning the ordinary – an elevator, a swimming pool, a harbor – into a nonfunctional work that brings the viewer into a world of illusion. Recipient of the 2017 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, Erlich’s spectacular Port of Reflections, with its boardwalk, rails, and colorful rowboats that appear to float and gently rock as their reflections “shimmer” in the waters beneath, is on view for the first time in the United States at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, through July 30, 2017. Port of Reflections is the artist’s most ambitious museum installation to date.
But there is no water beneath the rowboats and there are no reflections. “Revealing the trick is crucial,” said the artist. “It transforms the deception into something positive [and] allows the spectator to think and discover. It’s amazing!
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