Mel Chin


Mel Chin has a broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multidisciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Revival Field (1989-ongoing) has verified the use of plants to remove toxic metals from the soil. Chin also expands the catalytic possibilities of art into issues , such a lead (pb) pollution in soil, confronting entire cities. Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project (see www.fundred.org) is pioneering a way art that can not only provide engagement and provoke greater social awareness and responsibility, but also activate scientific processes and partner to deliver solutions to problems. His projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology. Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program Art21. He has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany foundations, among others.

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