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Artist Mel Chin Returns to Houston and Reflects on His Eclectic Works

Artist Mel Chin is a Houston native known for works that span the media of paint, sculpture, video and performance. You’ve probably seen at least one of his works, “Seven Wonders,” a set of 70-foot-tall, shiny metal pillars along the back wall of the Wortham Center, which highlight  Houston’s history. These days, the artist lives […]

Artist Mel Chin is a Houston native known for works that span the media of paint, sculpture, video and performance. You’ve probably seen at least one of his works, “Seven Wonders,” a set of 70-foot-tall, shiny metal pillars along the back wall of the Wortham Center, which highlight  Houston’s history.

These days, the artist lives and works in North Carolina, but he’s made a homecoming of sorts in the form of a new exhibit called Rematch. It’s a retrospective on his career, and it’s on display concurrently at four Houston galleries through April 19 – the Blaffer Art Museum, the Asia Society Texas Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Station Museum of Contemporary Art. The collection features some 60 works highlighting the breadth of Chin’s subjects from 1974 to the present.

Recently, he sat down with Houston Public Media to reflect on a few of his pieces – from drawings inspired by an old Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia his family owned, to a project to place works of art in the background of the 90s television show Melrose Place, to a dark landscape painting of his native city, which, Chin says, with its limited zoning, may have helped inspire his eclectic interests.

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