Seoul Box is the most spacious (approximately 23.4m x 23.4m), the loftiest (approx. 16.6m), and serves the role of navigational center in which viewers can efficiently access the other exhibition spaces in the museum. Incorporating these spatial characteristics, Erlich has created an anonymous beautiful floating harbor where the ships moor and the lonesome street lamps guard the port in which the spectators will see the corporeal reflection of boats suspended in the air. On entering the museum through the lobby, the viewers first encounter the work on the ground floor which instantaneously arouse their curiosity due to its scale as well as its amazing enactment of imagination.
Seeing the physical doubles with the illusion of liquid movements floating in the space stir up a dreamy landscape where the viewers are guided through a bizarre experience where the real and the unreal, or the real and the illusory, are exquisitely blended in surreal yet ambient surroundings. At the same time, Port of Reflections occasions the physical, cultural and social relation between Korea and Argentina, two countries that are geographically located diametrically opposite to each other, and by extension visually alludes to the relations of polarity and union of all the nations around the globe.
This exhibition also features a film that documented the whole process – from conceiving the idea to modeling, fabricating, transporting, installing, and the artist interview.
until September 13, 2015
Port of Reflections
Museum of Contemporary Art of Seoul
313, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do