America is an evildoer, says Irish artist in new U.S. exhibit

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day comes a new art exhibit from an Irish artist described by The New York Times today as 'Through Irish Eyes, America as Evildoer"

Tom Molloy is exhibiting at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut in an exhibition that "is not flattering" to quote The New York Times about the U.S.

"About 20 works made by Mr. Molloy over the past decade have been assembled by Joseph R. Wolin, an independent curator. With its emphasis on politics and violence, this show is not for the squeamish or easily rattled. And its insensitivity to the tremendous cost of American lives from our lingering Middle East wars will raise the ire of many," the Times notes.

The Times goes on to say: "There is a great deal of death imagery here, beginning with “Sweep” (2009), a pencil drawing based on a news photograph depicting an Iraqi family washing away blood from the roof of a house where United States soldiers shot and injured two Iraqis; the artist’s own dried blood drips from behind the frame. More gruesome imagery follows, with “Dead Texans” (2002), a loose grid of 50 small, delicate pencil drawings of mug shots of men executed in Texas while Mr. Bush was governor. Much like “Sweep,” the delicacy of the pencil drawing belies the horrific subject matter.

“Swarm” (2006), like “Map,” [pictured above] also employs dollar bills — more than 3,000 of them. For this installation the artist folded the bills into paper airplanes and stuck them, nose-first, to the wall. The viewer thinks immediately of the swarm of American jets that rained down missiles on Iraqi cities during the recent war, but also of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

"Mr. Molloy’s works are designed to evoke a sense of both empathy and responsibility in viewers, to confront us with the human cost of seemingly detached military and government decisions,” says The Times. To me it sounds like a lot of the same old angry rhetoric, except in art, we have been hearing about the U.S. from many Irish over the past decade.

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