minneapolis

Mel Chin

Walker Art Center

Like the material Mel Chin employed in his recent works—mud and mahogany, olive wood and Hebron marble, dirt from a Minneapolis landfill and African grass—his conceptual perspective dances between the lyrical and the mundane, into a realm where the global and the personal dovetail. Marked by the complex symbolism viewers have come to expect from this multimedia conceptualist, Chin’s recent sculptures are sensual, romantic takes on geopolitical strife and cultural dissonance. Rather than adopt conventional historical perspectives, these works frame alternative views that are simultaneously lyrical and instructive. Chin’s seductive propaganda—a language of resonant and often indigenous materials and objects, including stylized musical instruments, weapons, and classical iconography—suffuses narrative conceptions of places, times, and events with poeticism. Exalting both the pleasure and

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