Mel Edwards, Mdali, 1980, steel
The “Lynch Fragment Series” represents Mel Edward’s smaller scale sculpture. The welded steel mask-like sculpture incorporates barbed wire, chains and locks, and other found objects to create pieces that are expressionistic and violent. This series was begun in the 1960s; this exhibition is a selection of 25 pieces from 1979-1985. The Lynch Fragments are interpretations of stories that Edwards heard as a boy growing up in Texas. The work is intuitive yet retains a formal structuralism to it.