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@alexandergrayassociates will present a selection of work by Melvin Edwards (b.1937), spanning his five decade career, including large-scale sculpture, works on paper, and examples from the artist’s renowned series “Lynch Fragments.” Coinciding with the artist’s critically acclaimed retrospective, organized by the @NasherSculptureCenter in Dallas and currently on view at the @columbusmuseum, and on the heels of Edwards’ participation in the 2015 56th @la_biennale_di_venezia, the works on view present an intimate portrait of the artist as a committed sculptor, deeply engaged with formal concerns and socio-political narrative.
Pivotal within Edwards’ practice, the “Lynch Fragments” are wall sculptures that incorporate complex forms rendered from welding steel objects. He began the series in 1963, a year of widespread racial and political violence in the United States. The “Lynch Fragments” often incorporate geometric bases to establish a consistent foundation for different forms welding steel forms. Edwards typically incorporates chains, hammers, nails, padlocks, scissors, spikes, and wrenches, as evidenced in Freedom Fighter (1992 - pictured) and A Symptom of (1999). These wall reliefs present abstract forms using materials that retain referentiality. The dimensions and placement of the works are crucial to their effect, evoking the human head and the attendant complexities and nuances of identity, both personal and political.
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