Ways and Means
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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

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.

Melvin Way’s drawings are held in prestigious private and public collections including the American Folk Art Museum (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Collection de L’Art Brut (Lausanne) and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC). His art has been featured in many group exhibitions including Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery (London), as well as Approaching Abstraction (2008), Self-Taught Genius (2014) and Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die (2016), all at the American Folk Art Museum. His work has also been exhibited at White Columns (New York) and Christian Berst Art Brut (Paris). Way currently lives and works in Ruffin Country, South Carolina.

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