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Dalston House by Leandro Erlich

Published by on 25/06/13

Argentinian Artist Leandro Erlich, known for his often captivating 3-D visual illusions, has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston, North-East London.

The ‘gravity defying’ Dalston House is situated just off Dalston Lane, near Dalston Junction. It resembles the set of a theatre with a life sized late-19th-Century Victorian terraced house façade, which would have stood in the largely vacant space before being bombed during the Second World War.

The façade lies flat on the ground, underneath a mirror at a 45-degree angle. Visitors to the installation will be able to ~climb~ the house and sit & hang from window frames and ledges at dizzying heights and daring angles.

Erlich takes influence from directors David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski and Luis Buñuel, who the artist says ‘have used the everyday as a stage for creating a fictional world obtained through the psychological subversion of everyday spaces.’

In association with OTO Projects with additional support from the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Dalston House opens to the public tomorrow (26 June) and runs until 4 August at 1-7 Ashwin Street, Dalston.

Throughout this time, it will be accompanied by a series of events, performance and film screenings exploring themes including architectural history, urbanism, and perception, which are developed in collaboration with local organisations.

Visit barbican.org.uk/beyondbarbican to find out more information.

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