Born in Santa Maria, California 1967
Lives and works in Portland, Oregon
Studied at San Francisco Art Institute (B.F.A., 1990) and California College of Arts and Crafts, (M.F.A., 1994)
For over ten years Fletcher has worked collaboratively and individually on interdisciplinary, site-specific projects exploring the dynamics of social spaces and communities. Along with this work he has developed a series of more personal and idiosyncratic pieces that take various forms - drawings, prints, writings, events, videos, and sculptural objects. Fletcher has created exhibitions at Gallery HERE in Oakland, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, The McBean Project Space, Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, and The de Young Museum in San Francisco, Alleged Gallery in New York City, COCA in Seattle, WA; and PICA, in Portland, Oregon.
MAPS: I went on a walk everyday while I was at Tamarind. I always started on the main street there by the university, and when someone asked me for change I gave them some and then I had them draw me a map of their day -- the places they had been that led them to the spot where we met. I then would draw a map of my day too. We put the maps together in various ways. It's just another way of making something more visible that is very normal and common place but is also usually unseen.
The REAL ESTATE print is a case of what I call "everyday abstraction" that exists in the world all of the time, but we are so used to giving names to things, recognizing things, that we sometimes can't see how abstract everything really is. So this is a physical representation of a pre-existing abstract set of shapes. I took an Albuquerque real estate ad and covered up all of the foliage in the picture with a light green color. It makes some really nice weird shapes, doesn't it?
SILVER GIRL: This is sort of a
negative space version of the real
estate abstraction. I took a snapshot
that I found in Albuquerque and using
the existing composition and proportions
of the original image I isolated out
some key aspects I was interested in
- the sitting girl, her reflection
in a mirror, and a strange lamp - and
got rid of everything else by covering
it with silver....Its a kind of process
of cleaning things up so that you can
see them better, very satisfying in
|Selected Public Art Projects and Public Collections|
|Berkeley Art Museum, California|
|City of Fairfield, California|
|De Young Museum, San Francisco|
|New Museum, New York|
|Portland Regional Art and Culture Council, Oregon|
|San Francisco Art Commission|
|San Francisco Museum of Modern Art|
|University of Minnesota|
|Washington State Art Commission|
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