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Melvin Edwards

Works on Paper

1970s—Present

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

18.13h x 23.88w in (46.04h x 60.64w cm)

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor on paper

23h x 35w in (58.42h x 88.90w cm)

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor on paper

23h x 35w in (58.42h x 88.90w cm)

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

24h x 18.25w in (60.96h x 46.36w cm)

Untitled, 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

18.25h x 24w in (46.36h x 60.96w cm)

Untitled, 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

18.25h x 24w in (46.36h x 60.96w cm)

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

18.25h x 24w in (46.36h x 60.96w cm)

Rhythm and Blues, c. 1975, Watercolor and ink on paper

Rhythm and Blues, c. 1975

Watercolor and ink on paper

24.06h x 18.13w in (61.12h x 46.04w cm)

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

18.19h x 24w in (46.20h x 60.96w cm)

Untitled, c. 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper

Untitled, c. 1974

Watercolor and ink on paper

18.25h x 24w in (46.36h x 60.96w cm)

Description

Melvin Edwards’ works on paper feature traces of barbed wire, chain, and metal grating. Rendered in brightly colored spray paint or watercolor, the resulting images resemble the gestural lines of a delicate drawing. At the same time, there is a destabilizing disjunction between the ephemeral quality of the pictured implements and their real-world uses. Chains, for example, while symbolizing human connections, are also tools of bondage and oppression; similarly, barbed wire and metal grating are frequently used to imprison and separate populations. By transforming these objects into fanciful garlands, Edwards ultimately draws attention to his materials' most foreboding aspects.