Fletcher Williams III
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina Fletcher Williams (1987) has witnessed the divide of Black Southerners and White Northerners deeply rooted in their own experiences. These seemingly polar opposites are his family, a combination that has thrust Fletcher’s ideas of community and identity into constant inquiry. What is Identity? How is it constructed? How is it projected and how is it perceived?
Although Fletcher currently works in Brooklyn, New York his practice continues to be influenced by the tenacity and opulence of Southern Rap culture as well as religious iconography. His fascination with objects such as the Rosary and Crucifix and his familiarity with individuals who adorn themselves with flashy gold grills, decadent hair,
tawdry fashion, and an aggressive Geechee accent have become his framework for investigating contemporary notions of identity. The results of this exploration are unsettling and provocative.
Fletcher Williams spent two years working toward my BFA in Charleston, South Carolina before transferring to The Cooper Union in 2007. While at the Cooper Union Fletcher spent time refining my craft and introducing myself to a rangeof nontraditional mediums under the scope of such artists as Peter Krashes, Mike Essl, Day Gleeson, and James Siena. Throughout these very early stages of his practice he’s worked in the following mediums: print-making (silk screen and intaglio), painting, drawing, sculpture (wood and metal), and casting. Fletcher has also spent a great deal of time working with graphic design firms, clothing lines, and completing works commissioned by local corporations and businesses such as Gorilla USA, Cavi NYC, and Gera Gera. Alongside his studies and collaborations Fletcher has exhibited his works in numerous exhibitions including Art Miami and Art Basel (2010).