Maintaining a sense of community at Alder & Co. during this time requires a bit of ingenuity and a handful of willing and talented friends. We asked them to become both the model and the photographer in our spring/summer favorites and the results are mesmerizing. It is with great pleasure that we start our #alderanywhere series.

First up, our neighbors who always make us smile, Melanie, Isabel and Lola (plus Nico). Missing from the photos is their brother Paul, who we hope to feature soon!
And of course, we recommend enjoying at wine time. 

Opening reception: Friday, July 5, 2019, 3–6 PM

For more than five decades, Melvin Edwards has created evocative sculptures that juxtapose disparate steel elements to reflect on varied themes—oppression, labor, violence, the African Diaspora, etc.—and pay tribute to historic figures and friends. Djeri Jef Fatou belongs to the artist's series of Discs, which he began to create in Senegal in the early 2000s. Featuring a tangled amalgamation of nails and other industrial components, the work’s reductive welded structure expands on minimalism's formalist legacy. At the same time, its title is a homage to Edwards’ close friend Fatou Ndiaye Sow (1937–2004), a Senegalese poet, teacher, and children’s book author. Furthering this connection to Senegal, Djeri Jef Fatou adapts the phrase “jërë jëf” or “thank you” from Wolof, a widely-spoken language in the country.

Ultimately, Djeri Jef Fatou reveals Edwards’ deep engagement with Africa. Since first traveling to the continent in 1970, the artist has been committed to highlighting its incredible cultural diversity. As he concludes, “In my own generation of artists, and people I encountered there, I realized Africa was going to influence me not in terms of the ‘see something, get something visual’ that will influence your work, as much as a corroboration of generations feeling a similar need to create something new and different."