For City Block, Fletcher teams up with clarinetist Philip Lipton

Outworld Spiral, for soprano and bass clarinets, is an interpretation of Fletcher's latest exhibition City Block, particularly his sculpture, Beyond the Proper There are Dreams To Catch, which yearns for the sky and spirals upward like a strand of DNA. Circular breathing enables me to create long lines of sound patterns which slowly change shape over time. In the beginning and closing sections of Outworld Spiral, the rhythm fades in and away creating a unique feeling of momentum. The middle section, comprised of single tones, melts into each other, illuminating the soprano improvisation and rebuilding the rhythmic juxtapositions. The Bass clarinet wraps up the work and brings the texture of sounds to a new level of saturation.

Learn more about Philip at philiplipton.com

P&C - North Charleston Arts Fest - Fletcher Williams III

Photo by Fletcher Williams III, Pictured Left: "Faith, No Match for Man's Retribution"

Photo by Fletcher Williams III, Pictured Left: "Faith, No Match for Man's Retribution"

A piece containing a trio of illuminated crosses, called “Faith is No Match for Man’s Retribution,” refers indirectly to North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey’s November 2015 post-election comment, which many in the black community interpreted as a threat against them.
“It was a rather nasty election and I will not forget the nastiness and there will be some retribution in the future,” Summey said at the time. Soon after, he attempted to clarify his remark: “By retribution I mean that we are going to make sure we do what needs to be done in the communities that need it. Don’t sit here and fight us in trying to make communities better. If I have a chance to do something in your neighborhood and you’re going to resist and I’ve got another neighborhood that’s willing to work with me, I’m not going to waste my time with you.”
The installed artwork references urban blight and civic failure, Williams said. The façade mimics the physical state of disrepair found among many structures in the city. The metal mesh and flashing colored lights are akin to what one finds at a corner bodega in an area without supermarkets. The crosses represent hope and faith.
“Residents view the local government as not helpful,” he said.
- Adam Park, Post & Courier

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Fence posts and palm fronds - North Charleston Arts Fest features hometown artist Fletcher Williams III

Judy S. Watts

Judy S. Watts

Fletcher Williams III is at home in his studio, surrounded by a mixture of found items, paints, metals, organic and iconic Lowcountry materials. His mind is always working, looking, assessing, imagining what a piece can be, should be and how these disparate parts come together to tell a story.
“I saw a car outside a storefront recently,” he says looking at two pieces in the process of creation. “I thought at first these would be joined somehow, but now I realize they are separate pieces.” He runs his palm along the edge of the representation of the car, at this point a magenta and lime green with metal flake glittering in the clear coat. On the floor behind him stands the storefront representation, lighted with aqua lights and waiting for the artist’s eye to make it whole.

 
 

10 South Carolina Artists You Need to Know

by HANNAH BHUIYA

“A main component of the mission of Palmetto Curatorial Exchange is to educate the next generation of young professionals. They are hearing stories from my international network of museum directors, freelancers, art advisors, gallerists and artists. Not just my own interpretation on curating, but where other people have landed. It is also to build a little army of South Carolina badasses to send out into the world, making the connections that can lead to future projects,” Stucker proudly declares. FULL ARTICLE

Image: Fletcher Williams III - The Chapel

"In this series, local artists will be paired with international figures like established artists Rashid Johnson and Henry Taylor, as well as emerging stars Michi Meko, Victoria—Idongesit Udondian and Charleston-based artist Fletcher Williams, III. And here we present 10 such South Carolina artists you need to know." 

The Palmetto Mirror Now Available

Fletcher's latest project features 160 handmade Palmetto Roses, a mahogany stained Birch frame, and a 30" mirror.

To Purchase:
Contact Fletcher Williams III at studio@fletcher3.com or 843-425-6167

Overall Dimensions
36 x 28 x 3 Inches

Initial stages of fabrication. (Inside Fletcher's North Charleston Workshop)

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Freshly made Palmetto Roses. Roses must dry completely before being cut and fastened to the frame.

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Palmetto Roses after two weeks of drying. Ready for installation.

"Vessel No. 1"

Vessel was commissioned by the City of Charleston for its 33rd annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts.

Vessel No. 1 - 33 x 24 x 4 IN, Painted Wood, Sweet Grass, Handwoven Palmetto Roses, 2016 | Photo by Rick Rhodes

Vessel No. 1 - 33 x 24 x 4 IN, Painted Wood, Sweet Grass, Handwoven Palmetto Roses, 2016 | Photo by Rick Rhodes

Vessel No. 1 - 33 x 24 x 4 IN, Painted Wood, Sweet Grass, Handwoven Palmetto Roses, 2016 | Photo by Rick Rhodes

Vessel No. 1 - 33 x 24 x 4 IN, Painted Wood, Sweet Grass, Handwoven Palmetto Roses, 2016 | Photo by Rick Rhodes

Vessel No. 1 - 33 x 24 x 4 IN, Painted Wood, Sweet Grass, Handwoven Palmetto Roses, 2016 | Photo by Rick Rhodes

Fletcher's latest Work on Display at Mocada Museum thru Nov. 6, 2016

OFF WHITE August 4 – November 6, 2016 

Curated by Akintola Hanif of HYCIDE

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts | 80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Through photojournalism, documentary film, graphic design and sculpture, OFF WHITE bears witness to the exclusionary systems of power that simultaneously privilege and ostracize individuals on the condition of race. Together, works by Khalik Allah, Akintola Hanif, Nema Etebar, Shawn Theodore, Fletcher Williams III, Jamel Shabazz, Asif Farooq, and Adrian Franks provide a counter-narrative to the prevailing custom of implicating the suffering in their own violent oppressions.

Fletcher Williams III included in MoCada Exhibition

OFF WHITE August 4 – November 6, 2016 

Opening Reception on Thursday, August 4 | 7-10PM | Museum Event Page

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts | 80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Through photojournalism, documentary film, graphic design and sculpture, OFF WHITE bears witness to the exclusionary systems of power that simultaneously privilege and ostracize individuals on the condition of race. Together, works by Khalik Allah, Akintola Hanif, Nema Etebar, Shawn Theodore, Fletcher Williams III, Jamel Shabazz, Asif Farooq, and Adrian Franks provide a counter-narrative to the prevailing custom of implicating the suffering in their own violent oppressions. Come celebrate the opening of OFF WHITE with the exhibiting artists and music by P.U.D.G.E.

Fletcher installs his latest work at SneakerFF

Fletcher Williams III teams up with SneakerFF owner JP Hudson for a unique installation of two works created for Williams' latest exhibition, Beyond The Rainbow. SneakerFF, located in the historic district of Charleston S.C., is home to a finely curated selection of unique sneakers and apparel.

It is JP's life long passion for sneakers and street culture and Fletcher's obsession with audaciously painted cars that has resulted in a unique experience for local art and sneaker enthusiasts.

Visit SneakerFF

237 King Street // Unit D
Charleston, SC 29401

Mon - Sat 11am - 6pm
Sun 12pm - 5pm