The democracy of the symbol and other stories

Leandro Erlich

Madrid
Jan 16 - Apr 05, 2016

The exhibition proposes interpretations and reconstructions of situations that transcend, in an illusory manner, the physicality of the works while underlining their fictional and narrative experience.

NoguerasBlanchard is very pleased to announce the fourth gallery exhibition of Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich. The democracy of the symbol and other stories proposes interpretations and reconstructions of situations that transcend, in an illusory manner, the physicality of the works while underlining their fictional and narrative experience.

Erlich’s installations subject the viewer to paradoxical situations where reality and virtuality merge, inciting, through simulations, scenographic strategies and optical effects, contradictory perceptions. The sense of dislocation that his work tends to generate in viewers subverts the notion of reality as apparent truth and serves as a distinct reminder that the parameters of the perceptual world in which we operate are far more limited than we think.

Brooms (2015) is an installation that consists of two identical brooms leaning against each other, creating the illusion of the existence of a mirror and pointing to Erlich’s interest in the visual and conceptual possibilities of reflection. As usual in his artistic production, the viewer is trapped in a game of different perceptions of reality. In the words of the artist, these works aim to create depth in the banal experience of everyday spaces and common objects. A sort of disorientation of domestic simplicity is evoked, as a familiar environment becomes strange. “Therefore , it is not really the surreal, but the ´real` that interests me. The ´very real`: The ordinary and the way we think about our notion of reality. There is no better place to question reality than in the ordinary”.

Through this interweaving of associations, Erlich created one of his most ambitious projects of recent years The Democracy of the Symbol. For this monumental public art project, illustrated here by its scale model, Erlich forged the “disappearance” of the apex of the iconic Obelisk in Buenos Aires. The Democracy of the Symbol consists of two parts; firstly in the direct intervention of the Obelisk where Erlich made its apex disappear, to then reappear in the esplanade of the MALBA, via a full size replica. Contrarily to the original construction, that can’t be accessed by the public, this obelisk allowed the visitor to enjoy the view from the monument’s four windows, recorded in high-resolution videos projected in loop. “Artists of all stylistic and philosophical persuasions have employed il

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The democracy of the symbol and other stories

2016
Madrid

The democracy of the symbol and other stories

2016
Madrid

The democracy of the symbol and other stories

2016
Madrid

The democracy of the symbol and other stories

2016
Madrid

The democracy of the symbol and other stories

2016
Madrid

The democracy of the symbol and other stories

2016
Madrid

Selected works

Leandro Erlich
La punta - La democracia del símbolo

2015
Inkjet printing on Hahnemühle Textured William Turner paper
152 × 103 cm ( 59 2732 × 40 916 inches )

Leandro Erlich
Obelisco sin punta - La Democracia del Símbolo

2015
Inkjet printing on Hahnemühle Textured William Turner paper
152 × 103 cm ( 59 2732 × 40 916 inches )

Leandro Erlich
Pulled by the roots (model)

2015
Cast resin, cast bronze, acrylic, print
70 × 34 × 34 cm ( 27 916 × 13 38 × 13 38 inches )

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