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OpenSpace: Bangaw by Leeroy New

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Ayala Museum presents

OPENSPACE
Bangaw by Leeroy New

Leeroy New
Bangaw
2015
Assorted plastic food covers, metal frame, plastic mesh, cable ties
Variable size

This whimsical installation is especially commissioned for Ayala Museum’s OpenSpace public installation art program. It is made up of numerous plastic covers used in typical Filipino households to protect food from flies and pests. The materials were sourced from Divisoria, Metro Manila’s popular wholesale haven. Together, these covers ironically form the shape of a multicoloured bangaw (Tagalog word for blowfly).

Perched on the museum’s fountain, the piece may be commenting on the state of museums in the Philippines. A photo of the work posted on the artist’s Instagram account was accompanied by the question posed by Leeroy New himself: “Totoo nga bang nilalangaw ang ating mga museo?” (Is it true that our museums are left to the flies?)

Leeroy New (b. 1986) is a Filipino visual artist and designer who graduated from Philippine High School for the Arts and from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. His works often intertwine the visual arts with fashion, film, and theater, as he takes his inspiration from mythology, film, video games, and other artists. He has been recognized and awarded consistently throughout his career, winning the grand prize for Sculpture in the 2005 Metrobank Awards, being a recipient of the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards, and chosen as one of the 2012 Thirteen Artists Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Leeroy New has been showcased internationally in Singapore, Japan, Australia and in American pop culture, as one of his creations was commissioned for a Lady Gaga music video.

Exhibition runs at the Ayala Museum Plaza from July 25, 2015 – August 23, 2015.

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