Ching Ching Chen at The Irvine Arts Center

Ching Ching Chen at The Irvine Arts Center

Saturday night I made it to the opening of Re:Balance at the Irvine Arts Center. All around a great show but the stand out in the show was the work of Ching Ching Chen. I wanted to write something more detailed here but for the sake of transparency, I bought a piece from the show. That’s how much I liked the work. As I was standing in front of one of the pieces from the Letting Go series, I overheard a couple behind me discussing the work. The woman said the work wanted to make her cry. I turned around to acknowledge the sentiment, and the man she was with asked me if I was a father, I told him no. He said the work was “weird” but that he “got it.” Yeah, I felt something too. Some images follow:


And although we have travelled far

we would never forget that primal lesson

– on patience, courage, forbearance,

on how to love squid despite squid,

how to honour the village, the tribe,

that floral apron.

Marilyn Chin

The Floral Apron

Chris Hoff
Chris Hoff

Chris Hoff started the OC Art Blog in 2004 as a way to build community and promote the marginalized but dynamic Orange County art scene. Chris is also responsible for the Hoff Foundation, a private arts foundation formed in 2008 with a commitment to and passion for the arts. The Hoff Foundation plays a significant and unique role in the development of the arts in Southern California by providing quarterly grants to artists and/or art organizations that are based in Orange County and/or Long Beach. As of January 2012 the Hoff Foundation has distributed over 30k in grants. Chris’ day job is with Chris Hoff Counseling (, where he provides counseling services for individuals, couples and families. Chris can be reached at chrishoffmft(at)

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