At Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Brazilian Artist Artur Lescher Debuts a Monumental Installation
Piero Atchugarry isn’t your garden-variety gallery. It is located in a restored horse stable in the middle of the countryside. To reach its entrance, visitors travel down a dirt road. This is Uruguayan chic, outdoorsy but elegant. It’s an ideal space for Lescher—a Brazilian contemporary artist whose works investigate the relationship between a gallery space and its environment—to create one of his
The exhibition’s title, “Inner Landscape,” hints at the theme of the site-specific installation. For this piece, Lescher doesn’t just exhibit work inside the gallery; he uses colored panels and mirrors to transform the gallery itself, creating an exchange between outside and inside. The viewers “activate” the installation by stepping into the prismatic space and interacting with the installation—a life-size kaleidoscope that places the viewer at its center.
That human component is paramount in much of Lescher’s work, and in
Indeed, it would be fitting to call this monumental installation an event instead of a work. If you’re lucky enough to “activate” the installation in person, there’s hardly a better venue to explore the relationship between environment and human experience than a place as unspoiled as rural Uruguay.
“Inner Landscape” is on view at the Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Pueblo Garzón, Uruguay, Jan. 8 – April 10, 2016.