The Door of the Labyrinth
Leeroy New is one of the Philippines’ most intriguing young artists. In 2008, Leeroy won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award and took up a six-week residency at La Trobe University’s VAC (Visual Arts Centre) in Bendigo. And now, Leeroy is back.
For the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, Leeroy is creating a temporary sculptural installation, La Puerta Del Laberinto, for the exterior of the Castlemaine Art Museum. In keeping with Leeroy’s preferred installation method, La Puerta Del Laberinto (The Door of the Labyrinth), responds to the unique characteristics and context of place and will be made with recycled materials collected from the local area.
Leeroy’s works often intertwine the visual arts with fashion, film and theatre, as he takes his inspiration from mythology, film and video games. Leeroy has been recognised and awarded consistently throughout his career, with his artworks featured beyond the Philippines in Singapore, Japan, Australia and in American pop culture, with one of his creations worn by Lady Gaga for her music video ‘Marry the Night’.
Leeroy has been invited jointly by La Trobe University and the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, in conjunction with the Castlemaine Art Museum and the Ateneo Art Gallery, to bring his mastery to town.