Garden of Earthly Delights by Leeroy New

Garden of Earthly Delights by Leeroy New

Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea in cooperation with Greenbelt and Ayala Center is pleased to present Garden of Earthly Delights, an exhibition of new works by Leeroy New at The Gallery at Greenbelt 5 (2nd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City).

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Leeroy New’s creations have ceased to be monstrosities, their flagrant forms adding to the cornucopia of mythological creatures, Classical sculptures, pop iconography, and folktale figures from which New has dug in deep for inspiration. This is the core of the New’s power to create fiends site sensibility. As such, The Garden of Earthly Delights invites another critical look beyond the collection of oddities, beyond the spectacle. In The Garden of Earthly Delights, located within a commercial gallery/mall, for consumption of the general consumer, the question of piety is addressed to the market—a dense web of powers driven by capital, that has made and broke men. Here, the savagery of his creations mirrors a struggle to comply to a system that thrives on continuous exploitation for profit. Spirituality as man’s search for the sacred, in this space, becomes the solemn seeking for life, for survival. As in all of his other installation sites, New’s freaks are borne of internalized discipline so as to endure and persist in any given space and its attending set of repressive hegemonies. Where the system/space prevails, another kind of revolution materializes. Man mutates, monster or another.


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