Artist Upsets Families of Soldiers Killed in Iraq with a Controversial New Sculpture

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Artist R. Lloyd Ming's New sculpture called 'For the Love of Oil' is not about American soldiers who have died in Iraq but the artist recently received protest mail from some of their families who think that it is.

For the Love of Oil by Artist R. Lloyd Ming

I don't know why anyone would interpret this sculpture as being about American soldiers who have died in Iraq because it definitely is not

The sculpture shows a human skull impaled on the nozzle of a gas pump. Cutting edge artist R. Lloyd Ming created it in his signature readymade style as a reaction to what many economists believe will be wars in the future over remaining oil reserves. The sculpture was created for Ming's current solo art exhibit called 'I am not Chinese'.

"I don't know why anyone would interpret this sculpture as being about American soldiers who have died in Iraq because it definitely is not," says Ming. "My current show is about China and China's relationship with America. To put a sculpture about Iraq in the show would not make artistic sense." Ming apologizes if families of American soldiers who have died in Iraq got the wrong impression. He explains that the sculpture is a commentary on a popular opinion of most geologists; which is that one the day world oil supply will run out. Scientists predict that when that happens war will break out between countries vying to capture any remaining reserves. Since China and America use a majority of the current oil supply, chances are that they may use military action to compete for oil.

R. Lloyd Ming's current solo art show is called 'I Am Not Chinese'. The focus of the exhibit is China and what Ming calls the tenuous relationship between China and America. His art works address many controversial Chinese issues including censorship and capitalism under communist rule, trade imbalance, human rights, pollution, Tibet-China conflict, America borrowing money from China, potential US-China war and the deliberate devaluation of the Chinese Yuan. The show runs from March 3, 2009 to April 3, 2009 at Studio C. - 55 West 74th Street - New York NY, 10023. The show is by appointment; Telephone: (212)362.3093

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

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