Ways and Means
DIMENSIONS 12” x 9.5” MEDIUM Archival pigment print on 330 gsm cotton rag paper
Limited edition of 50 + 3 APs + 3 PPs, 2022
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
ABOUT THE WORK
Melvin Way’s intimately-sized drawings, typically rendered in ballpoint ink underneath layers of scotch tape, display a liveliness, an ephemeral energy, a true sense of clarity captured amidst chaos. Featuring densely populated curves of scientific notations, mathematical equations, as well as other decipherable (and at times illegible) codings, Way’s work has a talismanic effect. Born in South Carolina, Way embodied a number of different lives in New York City — attending technical school, playing gigs as a bassist, all while managing the material conditions of schizophrenia, homelessness and drug addiction.
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