Mel Chin is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas.
In 1993, for Eco-Tec International, he organized a multi-disciplinary team to assess an abandoned asbestos mine and former factory in Corsica, France. He continues to develop long-term works such as Revival Field (1989 - ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of “green remediation.” These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.
From 1995-1998, he organized ninety people to produce In the Name of the Place a conceptual public art project conducted on prime-time television. This work debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, and concluded with an auction at Sotheby’s with all proceeds donated to educational scholarships.
In 1998, he completed two large-scale public commissions, the Seven Wonders project, for the Sesquicentennial Park in Houston, Texas and Signal for the Broadway/Lafayette Subway Station in New York City. The Houston project featured the art of 1,050 public school children born in the year of the Sesquicentennial realized in seven seventy-foot high towers, lit as lanterns along the city waterway. The Subway project gave a forum to the Native American tribes of the Six Nations. In 1998, he began working as a core advisor with the Nashville Cultural Arts Project in Tennessee with a focus on ecologically based urban redevelopment. He is the lead artist for the first joint university/public library in the United States, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, California, completed in 2004. Chin is one of 16 artists included in the first season of the PBS series Art:21 Art in the 21st Century.
Mel Chin continues to exhibit extensively in the United States and Europe, including one-man exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, and the Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
His proposal for a New World Trade Center was part of the American representation at the 2002 Venice Biennale of Architecture. His most recent one-person exhibition was entitled, Do Not Ask Me at the Station Museum in Houston. Named after the poem by Pablo Neruda, the exhibit featured poignant works that bear witness to political tragedy created from 1989 to 2005.
He is the recipient of many awards and grants including a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a Tiffany Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Award, an Engelhard Award, a Penny McCall Foundation Award, and several NEA Fellowships.
Felipe Montecinos, Art Director/ Character Design
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