Artist In Residence Chin Gets McColl Art Show
McColl Center for Visual Art presents, Mel Chin: RECAP, an exhibition highlighting the artist Mel Chin’s recent six-month residency at the Center. The exhibition opens to the public on June 28 from 6 to 9 PM.
Admission is free.
Known for collaborative, cross disciplinary artistic explorations into socially, politically, psychologically and ecologically charged topics, Mel Chin has created a body of groundbreaking work that has influenced a generation of artists and curators since the 1970s. Both analytic and poetic, Chin’s work evades easy classification with each media and method he employs serving simply as a vehicle for investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.
“As a Knight Artist-in-Residence, Mel Chin has had a profound effect on Charlotte, extending his practice into the community through multiple collaborations and interactions,” says Suzanne Fetscher President / CEO, McColl Center for Visual Art. “His work exemplifies the Center’s belief in the important role of artists in shaping solutions to social challenges and serving as catalysts for change.”
Chin was a Knight-Artist-In-Residence from September 2012 until March of this year.
“Chin’s work exemplifies the Center’s goal to respond to what it calls Spheres of Impact, themes identified by the community that shape the Center’s programming. In Chin’s case,” Fetscher said, “he addresses the Spheres concerning issues around health, environment, social justice and education.”
During Chin's residency, his studio was the headquarters for the creation of new works in sculpture, video, drawing, collage, painting, and ongoing work on Operation Paydirt, a long-term artist-led collaborative effort to raise awareness and support solutions to childhood lead poisoning.
Included in the exhibition are several new works including a participatory installation focused on the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, a key component of Operation Paydirt.
Additionally, the current resident artists will be in their studios with open doors: Natalie Abrams, Natalie Bork, Ginny Boyd, Linda Luise Brown, Jennifer Parham Gilomen, Aspen Hochhalter, Jason Watson, and Environmental Artists-in-Residence Jeff Schmuki and Wendy Deschene.