PT  You must have a deep affection for steel to work so consistently with it. Courtesy: Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © 2017 Melvin Edwards/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. The lyrics allude subtly to Bell's desire for wider acceptance of gay couples, his pain evident from the opening lines "How can I explain when there are few words I can choose/How can I ex… It's simply a song about not leaving yourself to be caught by the chains of love since you would be losing many chances for knowing another interesting people. Season 1, Episode 2. PT  In terms of references, are you an artist who surrounds himself with images of works that you’ve seen, or perhaps things that you have noticed? And, you know, it sounds like a good question, but people who ask that question don’t understand the chronology. If you live in Los Angeles, the influence of Japanese and Asian art is in the air. I’ve always thought that art should ultimately be personal. If it wasn’t made well, he wouldn’t be considered a good blacksmith. So really I have three places I’ve been working for the last 50 years. He is based in London. Courtesy: Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © 2017 Melvin Edwards/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen. One question that others have asked me, especially those from the UK, is did Anthony Caro have any influence on my work. Included in ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’, Tate Modern, London. But of course, he’s a generation older than me and you can certainly say his work gained prominence, but my own breakthroughs were without any knowledge of him, so it’s not a proper question for me. In other words, the meaning of the form, or the meaning of the element within a work, is affected by what the context is, what form is next to it, what form is under it or hidden by it. Was it well made? And the titles don’t come first, you know. People can get an idea of the developments, the significant differences within that community and within American art, and therefore within the world of art in general. Broken chains generally just symbolize the opposite of a connected chain. Unless I have to go somewhere or be somewhere else. Send the mantra to an endless night. With a solo presentation at Frieze London, Melvin Edwards discusses symbols, self-expression and his work in the Tate’s ‘Soul of a Nation’ show. She falls in love with the nobleman Alexey Kosach who knows nothing about her origin. The simplest of my works are usually the ones that have barbed wire and chain and they’re linear, or they’re geometric. "Chains of Love" remains as Erasure's highest-charting U.S. pop hit. I am interested in the dynamic side of sculpture more than the passive side. ME  Put it like this, I think about political issues in my life and always have, because the dynamics of politics, of social realities, have always been present. or split … Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al. As far as symbols go, there’s still multiple significance, in my works using chains, for instance. George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica Paul McCartney: vocals, bass Ringo Starr: drums Written by the Brill Building songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, ‘Chains’ was recorded during the 13-hour session of 11 February 1963in which The Beatles recorded the bulk of the Please Please Me album. "Babylon," in David Gray's song, refers to London, which was once known as the "modern-day Babylon.". If a traditional blacksmith anywhere in the world forged a chain, the important thing would be did he do it well? There's no beginning, there's no end. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © 2017 Melvin Edwards/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. What they didn’t know was that I wasn’t that interested in teaching welding. Top definition. But if there are say 30 artists included in a survey show, I know at least 30 more who should also be. Chains of love Has tied my heart to you Chains of love Have made me feel so blue Well, now I'm your prisoner Tell me what you're gonna do Are you gonna leave me Are you gonna make me cry Are you gonna love me Are you gonna make me cry These chains of blues gonna haunt me Until the day I die. I also try to spend a couple of months of each year in Senegal, and there I spend time in the workshop of some metal fabricators. That’s why my sculpture can have a range of extended social expression and yet be conceptually abstract at the same time. I went to Japan in the ’90s because they awarded my work the grand prize at the Fujisankei Biennale. These chains are gonna haunt me until the day I die Well, if you're gonna leave me please wont you set me According to the Chains of Love Songfacts, Erasure had already had several hits in the UK, but this single and A Little Respect broke them in America, where it was rough sledding for synthesizer bands, who were mostly confined to club play. There wasn’t the means for influence as much as there was the space for getting a few notions and going with them. And that’s to the good, because it argues that the future will be full of improvement. My life as a very young person was very much inside the community of family and friends. I never have. It was only when we moved back to Texas, that I began to learn the world of segregation. Song information for Chains of Love - Houston Person on AllMusic Lightning in the sky above Blinking, see the traces Everything you are to me Is bigger than the spaces So African art has been a part of my work. Written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, it is an uptempo dance-oriented synthpoptrack with Clarke's signature analogue sound and Bell's lyrics about breaking through any restrictions or stereotypes of what love should be. When did that start to inflect your art making? I grew up in the United States of Apartheid, in the South, where segregation was legal and absolute. Founded in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, Chains of Love provides gender-specific sober living for men and women. Then I just make notes and little sketches of principles or concepts that I should investigate. Titles of pieces such as Amandla (1981), which was the political theme of the African National Congress: well that was just to express some empathy and solidarity with the movement of people in South Africa to change that society. Five years later, all the colleges and art schools had programmes in sculpture that included welding. Hey I was just wondering what exactly the song "Chain of Love" is talking about. So you might just say I have an interest in the world. Okay, well, I started welding in 1959! Broken chain symbol, on the other hand, have a much more positive meaning and symbolism behind them. This could be interesting. And that’s really been my focus: how to keep it personal. I took the required sculpture class, which was the traditional model on a stand in front of you, and you worked representationally, and that was that. It’s not necessarily chronological. Chain, chain, chain, chain of love. Melvin Edwards  There are three works, from 1963, ’64 and ’65, I think. Nope, Sissy got him wrapped up with her chains of love. So you’ll find locks and chains and forks and knives or forms that enclose or do all of those things. Where I grew up in Houston there were black sections the size of towns, containing more than 50,000 people, with self-contained social infrastructure. Paul Teasdale  Let’s begin by talking about your work included in ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ currently on view at Tate Modern, London. Truthfully, I was confident that it could have developed good ideas in painting, because I had developed changes in my own thinking about what I was interested in, and they naturally went away from figuration, which was everybody’s training then, and into abstraction – not that it was something encouraged in school. An endless circle beyond space and time. In the first verse, a male character named Joe (who is played by Clay Walker in the music video) is driving, when he notices a lady whose Mercedes-Benz is stopped with a flat tire. 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