FREE ADMISSION Sipat Lawin Ensemble's "Strange Pilgrims: Psychopomp Edition" Dec. 13, 2011

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Psychopomp Edition

launch of sculptor Leeroy New's installation
Pyschopomp's Reef
performance of Sipat Lawin Ensemble's
"March of the creatures and attack of the fireflies and bulging, bouncing orange things"


December 13, 2011 Tuesday 5pm
28th Street cor. 7th Ave,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(In front of NBC tent and back of Arts in the City.)

About the performance:
A ball. Performance: Sound + Dance+ Opera+ Play. Join our procession; whistle, hum and slow-dance with us. Wear orange. We'll give you a pipe.

About the Sculpture-Installation:
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.

Psychopomp’s Reef is the first inaugural exhibit of the BGC Offsite Gallery, a new program managed by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI).  The program is intended to showcase works by young contemporary artists.  Ephemeral and temporary in nature, it will provide more flexibility and latitude to feature a variety of sculptural works – even the cutting edge and experimental.

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.  This direction, however, is not at all 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 and with the assistance of Bonifacio Estate Services Corporation.

Psychopomp’s Reef will be on view at the BGC Offsite Gallery until February 2012.

Artist Profiles:
Leeroy New (b. 1986, General Santos City) is a prolific young artist and designer whose practice overlaps and intersects with film, theater, visual arts and fashion. He is a Visual Arts graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts and University of the Philippines Fine Arts and has received several citations for his work, including the grand prize for sculpture in the 2005 Metrobank Art Awards and the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards where he received residency grants in Singapore and Australia as prize. Most recently, he has been nominated for the Signature Art Prize 2011.

Primarily a practicing artist, he has done numerous exhibitions and has been invited to participate in the 2008 Singapore Biennale, where he positioned an army of his trademark alien figures on the roof of one of the courtyards of the City Hall, and the 2009 Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, where he installed an eye-shaped vessel on the facade of the FAAM museum. He is the man responsible for the Balete installation(2009) at the Rizal Library in the Ateneo University as well as the otherworldly facade of the Sputnik Comic Bar(2008) in Cubao X.

Leeroy New also works as a production designer and at present has worked on four feature films and a number of music videos and short films. He also applies his artistic practice in the context of fashion and has participated in Philippine Fashion Week. New has also designed sets, puppets and costumes for various theater/dance groups including Ballet Philippines, Dulaang UP and Sipat Lawin Ensemble.A recent ace on his sleeve, one of his rubber-cast bustier was worn by pop icon Lady Gaga as outfit for the video of her recent single release, 'Marry the Night'.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble is an edge work, site-specific theatre company composed of Theatre Arts Alumni from the Philippine High School for the Arts and their collaborators. Changing the landscape of theatre performances in the Philippines, the Ensemble is geared towards developing a contemporary community theater experience shared among artists and audiences inside and/or outside the four walls of the theater.

In 2010, Sipat Lawin Ensemble launched its official and inaugural season billed as SEASON 2000-X opening with Haring +ubu-l, a device- work adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s play UBU ROI. Imperio Animalia, the Ensemble’s devise-work adapation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm was also launched in 2010 as part of SLE’s Theater-in-a-backpack touring performances.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble was featured as performance company for Ani ng Sining & TANGHAL5 Festival in 2010, and Monodrama Manila 2011 by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Ateneo De Manila University’s Company Call 3 Performance lectures.

Crossing and blurring boundaries among different media, in this year's Season 2000-Xi, the Ensemble aims to create and develop new forms of inter-action and communication. 2000-Xi highlights collaborations with top artists from different fields; line-up of performances include ImperioAnimalia (August), Rmeo luvz Julz 2011 (Romeo and Juliet) - Baranggay Fiesta Edition (November), and Battalia Real (February 2012).

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