A feature and interview with artist Mel Chin:
In a phone call from his studio in North Carolina, Mel Chin recounted his first return to Houston. Having spent years away, and finding himself in Tennessee, he threw a stick in the air, deciding it would determine his next destination. “ ‘Don’t point home,’ I thought. I jinxed it,” Chin remembered. Since then, Chin has returned numerous times, for exhibitions, talks, family gatherings, but his next return will undoubtedly be the most grandiose: A collaboration between the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Station Museum of Contemporary Art and Asia Society Texas Center. Rematch, which opens Jan. 17 and runs through Mar. 21 at the Blaffer and April 19 at CAMH and Asia Society Texas Center, will act as a retrospective of sorts, showcasing the artist’s wide breadth of work and research. Beyond this exhibition, Chin is in talks with other Houston organizations for further exhibitions of his older drawings and sculptures.
As his work sprawls over Houston, visitors to these many spaces have an amazing chance for exposure to work by a man who has inspired a generation of artists and curators alike. In a similar fashion, a conversation with Chin sprawls over a wide range of topics, as words flow seamlessly through ideas and explanations.