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Melvin Edwards

Grids

2004—Present

Beyond Cabo Verde, 2006

Beyond Cabo Verde, 2006
Welded steel
19.75h x 19.75w x 6.75d in (50.16h x 50.16w x 17.14d cm)
 

Ginau Tabaski, 2006

Ginau Tabaski, 2006
Welded steel
19.88h x 19.75w x 7.75d in (50.48h x 50.16w x 19.68d cm)
 

Wayou Mbau (Song of Mbau), c. 2006

Wayou Mbau (Song of Mbau), c. 2006
Welded steel
19.75h x 19.75w x 7d in (50.16h x 50.16w x 17.78d cm)
 

Yene, 2004 Welded steel

Yene, 2004
Welded steel
19.75h x 19.75w x 6.25d in (50.16h x 50.16w x 15.88d cm)
 

Untitled, 2004 Welded steel

Untitled, 2004
Welded steel
19.75h x 19.75w x 8.38d in (50.16h x 50.16w x 21.27d cm)
 

Description

Grids

2004—Present

After establishing a studio in Dakar, Senegal in 2000, Melvin Edwards began mounting small-scale sculptures onto iron grids crafted by local metalworkers. Recalling the reductive, linear compositions of modernism, these grids serve as window bars in Dakar and are found throughout the city. Juxtaposing the formal associations and utilitarian function of this locally sourced material, the Grids expand on the welded, sculptural language Edwards first developed with his Lynch Fragments. Created only when the artist is in Senegal, the series represents his ongoing interest in collaborating with African craftspeople.