Mar 20, 2019

Chances are you’ve seen one of contemporary artist Leeroy New’s works this weekend at the recently concluded Art in the Park. The neon pieces were unmissable especially in the light of day. They were also roving the venue as they were worn by people.

New’s works themselves are easily recognizable that even if you are not familiar with the artist, the probability that you have seen one of his works is high. Over the years, he has been known for his bizarre and sometimes larger than life installations.

A new exhibition by New in New York reveals another dimension in his craft: sustainability. The materials he used for this exhibit are in fact sourced from recycling centers, surplus shops, dollar stores, and industrial market districts in the area.

 

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“Aliens of Manila: New York Colony” was recently unveiled at the Pintô International’s headquarters at 431 East 12 St. New York, New York as part of the organization’s new regularly programmed global exhibitions and event series. 

Pintô International, which was founded in 2017, has been New’s residence for the most part of February when he put together the sculptures made with food covers, flexible conduit, fiberglass strips, cable ties, and other materials. It is the international arm of Pinto Art Museum in Rizal.

The project “Aliens of Manila” began in 2014 and references archetypal New York street-style photography (think Tommy Ton or the late Bill Cunningham, or the art of peacocking). New, his friends, and collaborators wearing the sculptures were also seen walking around Manhattan as sort of a “material conduit” prior to the opening of the exhibit.

 

“Aliens of Manila: New York Colony” runs until May 27.

Header photo courtesy of Pinto International and Inquirer Lifestyle

Read more:

Art in the Park 2019 puts spotlight on Leeroy New, Yeo Kaa, and Zean Cabangis

National Museum now displays Jose P. Alcantara’s 50-feet relief sculpture

Philippine Pavilion from the Venice Biennale will soon be at the Met Museum

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