New R. Lloyd Ming Art Exhibit Compares Blacks of Pre-Civil Rights Era to Modern Day Tibetans

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New York Based Artist R. Lloyd Ming Creates Sculpture for His Solo Exhibit in March That Compares Blacks of the Pre-Civil Rights Era to Modern Day Tibetans

For his solo art exhibit "I Am Not Chinese", New York based artist R. Lloyd Ming created a provocative work of sculpture in his trademark readymade style, a category of art established by French artist Marcel Duchamp in the early 1900's. Ming's work titled "Mammy Buddha" is a resin Buddha with a ceramic Mammy head. Mammy is the most well known and enduring racial caricature of African American women.

"Like Blacks of the pre-civil rights era Tibetan people are treated like third class citizens," says Ming. "However unlike Martin Luther King's famous bus boycott which helped to end segregation and win rights for blacks, there is no clear answer to what can be done to give rights to Tibetans. With my art I am simply trying to continue the dialogue which hopefully can result in ideas. R. Lloyd Ming's show runs from March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 at 55 West 74th Street Studio C. New York NY, 10023. The show is by appointment; Telephone: (212)362.3093

As the show title "I Am Not Chinese" suggests, the focus of the exhibit is China and what R. Lloyd Ming calls the tenuous relationship between China and America. His works address many controversial Chinese issues including censorship, capitalism under communist rule, trade imbalance, human rights, pollution, Tibet, America borrowing money from China, potential US-China military conflict and the deliberate devaluation of the Chinese currency.

About R. Lloyd Ming
R. Lloyd Ming asks hard questions about contemporary human evolution using photography, video art, installation and sculpture. He is inspired by artists who use found or readymade objects to create their work and Ming typically also works in this way. Notable influences are Marcel Duchamp, Subodh Gupta, Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Haim Steinbeck, Louise Nevelson and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Ming is particularly influenced by the work of American artist Robert Rauschenberg. Throughout his career Rauschenberg used objects he found on the street to make sculptures he called combines. As a result Ming refers to his sculptures as combines.
R. Lloyd Ming was born in New York City in 1966 and raised in Bermuda; he received a BA in Design in 1990 from The American College for the Applied Arts in London. He Interned at John Galliano in London then painted landscapes in Paris before coming to New York City. His early works in New York were mostly two dimensional decorative wall sculptures made of reflective glass.

Current Exhibition: "I am Not Chinese" - March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 @ 55 West 74th Street - Studio C. - New York NY, 10023. By appointment, Telephone: (212)362.3093

Upcoming Exhibition: "Black and White Equal Gray not Black" - November 2009, a show of new sculpture addressing race and ethnicity; exact date and venue to be announced.

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