Controversial Chinese Topics Are the Focus of A New Art Exhibit

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Artist R. Lloyd Ming Addresses China's Recent Capitalist Evolution in "I Am Not Chinese", His Solo Show of New Sculpture.

"I Am Not Chinese", is the name of the solo show of recent sculpture by New York based artist R. Lloyd Ming. The 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 suggests, the focus of the exhibit is China and what R. Lloyd Ming calls the tenuous relationship between China and America. Ming's 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 Yuan.

"When I was creating these works I kept comparing China's evolution to America's evolution. I was shocked by what I learned. Despite my surname and as the show title suggests, I am actually not Chinese and have never been to China," says Ming. "However the show title also refers to my realization that modern day Chinese people are not really Chinese in the way their ancestors were. As a result of China implement a free enterprise revolution which began in the 1980's, Chinese people are now more American in their aspirations. The dilemma is that this revolution may be to the detriment of America. With my art I am simply trying to encourage dialogue regarding this fragile balance between our two countries."

About R. Lloyd Ming:
R. Lloyd Ming uses photography, video art, installation and sculpture to ask hard questions about society. 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, Joseph Cornell, 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 at 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.

'Your American Dream Is Now Ours' -

CONTACT: Jeff Martin or Lisa Zeng both of R. Lloyd Ming, (212) 362-3093


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