Manila Contemporary is proud to present Leeroy New’s latest solo exhibition Gates of Hell. Known for his interdisciplinary practice, New creates a large-scale otherworldly landscape in the Main Gallery for his iconic cast of aliens and monsters.
The space is divided into three specific experiences: a cave made of mangrove root formations; a hanging latex installation; and an area filled with floating metallic geometric shapes. Figurative and functional sculptures are also positioned across each environment, activating and guiding viewers through this alternative world.
A product of his generation’s fascination with pop culture, graphic novels, sci-fi literature and industrial design, New has been intent on re-articulating the idea of aberrations within his own brand of mythology.
Purely aesthetic, and void of the usual fear and anxiety that is invoked by these creatures, he focuses on the arbitrary manipulation of existing clichés, the angle of it being a spectacle, and an ingenious use of material.
Several performances will also take place throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The exhibit opened on Saturday and runs until November 9. Manila Contemporary is located at Whitespace, 2314 Don Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Brgy. Magallanes, Makati City.