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Beyond The Rainbow

  • 134 Cannon Street Charleston, SC, 29403 United States (map)

On view May 26–June 12, 2016  |  Mon - Sat 11a - 6p and Sun 12a - 4p | Free Parking

Fletcher Williams III is pleased to present Beyond The Rainbow, his second solo exhibition since returning to Charleston, S.C. in 2013. 

Chicora Cherokee sits between Williams' Park Circle studio and historic downtown Charleston. By outsiders, it's a community often regarded as distressed, impoverished, and unsafe, but locals protest there’s a lack of resources, like grocery stores, health care facilities, and social services, only available to most newly developed regions of Charleston. Chicora’s a neighborhood whose relationship with law enforcement has long been tarnished and was further degraded by the shooting death of Walter Scott by a North Charleston Police Officer in April of 2015. 

The condition of the neighborhood is not often noticed and has seeped into Williams’ latest works.

Using a collection of materials found throughout the Chicora neighborhood—scrap wood from new builds, fencing, furniture, and metal—Williams constructs a pseudo Chicora, an environment both spirited and lifeless. Shingles become moss. Abstract drawings become three-dimensional facades for small-scale homes. A life-size sculpture titled, “Left Out To Dry”, asserts abandonment and marginalization. Most works have been left colorless, void of the vibrant spectrum inherit of the Charleston architectural landscape and its historical landmarks like Rainbow Row. For Williams, color only enters the conversation through the appropriation of audacious, automotive paint jobs on box Chevys and Crown Victorias. 

Beyond The Rainbow is a combination of environment, sentiment, popular culture and historical motifs, because an understanding of all is necessary in the complexity of Charleston’s shifting social landscape.

Works from Souvenir 2015 will also be on display. 

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Fletcher Williams III (b. 1987) received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2010. Williams remained in New York City, participating in several group exhibitions; H(A)UNTED; The Caribbean Cultural Center, New York; 440 Gallery Small Works, Art Miami, Miami Fl, and Art Basel, Miami, FL before returning to Charleston, S.C. in 2013. Since his return, Williams exhibited his work at Charleston’s City Gallery, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Mckissick Museum and been named a 2015 Art Matters Grantee. Williams lives and works in North Charleston, S.C.

Opening Reception | Photography by Abigail Marie


Opening Reception: Property Parking Lot will be accessible to guests.

All other days: Parking Available in the front and rear of the building.

Gallery Hours: 

Monday - Saturday 11a - 6p | Sunday 12a - 4p

Appointment Only Viewing: Monday - Saturday 9a - 11a

Location: Former Zion Olivet Church


Earlier Event: May 1
Route to (Re)settlement
Later Event: August 4