Aliens of Manila: New York Colony

When 9 Mar 2019 - 27 Mar 2019
Where Pintô International
431 East 12 Street
New York, NY
United States

Openning Reception:  March 9, 2019, 7-10pm

Pintô International is launching its quarterly exhibitions program on March 9, 2019 with the opening of Aliens of Manila: New York Colony, an immersive site-specific installation by artist and designer Leeroy New, curated by Pintô Director Luca Parolari, that launches the organization’s new regularly programmed global exhibitions and event series.

To inaugurate the program, Pintô International’s East Village headquarters will host contemporary Philippine artist, Leeroy New for a two-week artist residency starting in February 2019. During this time, New will create an immersive, site-specific installation responding to the structure of the space. The artist will engineer Aliens of Manila: New York Colony a warping, psychedelic sculpture constructed from food covers, flexible conduit, fiberglass strips, cable ties, and other materials that clings to the architecture of Pintô’s East Village loft. The sculpture will comprise materials from recycling centers, surplus shops, dollar stores, and industrial market districts local to New York.

New will also present a series of wearable sculptures — an extension of his design projects in interdisciplinary design and architecture — for his ongoing Aliens of Manila project. Started in 2014, Aliens of Manila is an artistic series referencing and re-appropriating the archetypal New York street-style photography. For the project, the artist, his friends, and local collaborators don the costumes in public as a kind of “material conduit” between the artist and the environment. This “staged displacement” creates a literal and visual duality between the native and the “alien.” The series speaks to the wider experience of cultural displacement but is profoundly informed by the artist’s own familial experience with the phenomenon of what he refers to as “OFW” — Overseas Filipino Workers. New’s Aliens of Manila will be making public appearances in New York City throughout the week of the exhibition opening.

Concurrent with its first curated exhibition, Pintô International will also kick-off its 2019 Pintô Sessions with an event in March. Pintô Sessions are monthly receptions and special programs that foster multidisciplinary dialogue located in their East Village headquarters. Pintô will also produce a series of international satellite exhibitions coinciding with international art fairs, biennials, and other global arts initiatives that further foster its mission of cultural diplomacy.

Image courtesy of the organizer.

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