Leandro Erlich “You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too” Performance

Kreëmart, Luciana Brito, and Pérez Art Museum Miami to present You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, a large-scale, edible sculptural installation and performance by Leandro Erlich during Art Basel Miami Beach 2022

The performance will take place at Luciana Brito Galeria’s Booth D24 at Art Basel Miami Beach on Tuesday, November 29, at 6:00 pm, and at PAMM on Wednesday, November 30, at 2:30 pm. The project celebrates Erlich’s first survey exhibition in North America, Leandro Erlich: Liminal, on view at PAMM from November 29, 2022 to September 4, 2023.

Miami Beach, FL, Creative multi-hyphenate Raphael Castoriano of Kreëmart, acclaimed Brazilian gallerist Luciana Brito, and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will present You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too by Argentine conceptual artist Leandro Erlich. Comprising a large-scale sculptural installation and performance, the project explores the artist’s ongoing interest in disrupting an understood reality between artwork and audience. You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too will be shown twice, with special performances on November 29 and November 30, 2022 at Art Basel Miami Beach and PAMM, respectively, on the occasion of the opening of the retrospective exhibition Leandro Erlich: Liminal at PAMM.

Erlich’s work explores the artifices of visuality, through sensory and perceptual games. Everyday architecture is a recurrent theme in his work, with which he creates paradoxes between what we believe and what we see, with situations of mystery and questioning. This transgression of limits destabilizes not only our absolute beliefs, but also the limits of art and the legitimizing institutions. Through installations, sculptures, photographs, and videos, the artist simulates situations that dislocate our everyday experience and our understanding of the common.

On display during You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too will be one-to-one replicas of an ottoman and a daybed, from the famed Barcelona collection by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, made entirely of cake. The cakes are created to look identical to real furniture. The works will be on display in a gallery setting, before they are cut into and shared with audience members, revealing the true nature of the unassuming item. With these art objects, Erlich plays with the viewer’s sense of perception and introduces doubt about our own sensorial input.

The two artworks will be available for sale as an edition of 3 + 1 AP at Luciana Brito Galeria at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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