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Leeroy New’s Psychopomo’s Reef installation at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) looks like a pesteng ehem (*wink* @jujiin @michdulce ).

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You may have spotted it at the BGC Offsite Gallery on 28th Street and 7th Avenue and wondered what the hell that was. Being a fan of Leeroy New’s works, I immediately guessed he had something to do with it.

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Not too long ago, Leeroy had the honor of having his sculptural top worn by Lady Gaga. Don’t believe incredible stories that the top was a collaboration between New and someone else. Leeroy solely created the top which was stylized by the House of Gaga. If anything, it is a collaboration between Leeroy New and the House of Gaga.

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On December 13, 2011, Tuesday, you are invited to the official launch of  Psychopomp’s Reef at 5 PM. Come in orange and enjoy a special performance by the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.

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In Greek mythology, psychopomp literally means a “guide of souls.” In different religions, they are spirits, angels or deities that guide newly deceased souls to the afterlife. Visual artist Leeroy New takes on this role—as a guide of sorts—towards a vibrant landscape at the art strip in Bonifacio Global City.

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Psychopomp’s Reef is the first inaugural exhibit of the BGC Offsite Gallery, a new program managed by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI), which aims to showcase works by young contemporary artists.
From afar, Leeroy New’s organic bright orange “growth” stands out against the flat terrain like large coral clusters. Up close it is actually made out of plastic conduit tubes and cable ties.

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This direction, however, is not new to the young artist. Since completing his Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines in 2007, he has been exploring the notion of the “hybrid” in materials chosen and the themes and forms created.
This BAFI project was managed in collaboration with Art Cabinet, Inc. with the assistance of Bonifacio Estate Services Corporation.
Psychopomp’s Reef will be at the BGC Offsite Gallery until February 2012. The public is invited.

Photos: Everywhere We Shoot

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