Harrell Fletcher’s approach to art-making involves multiple publics and types of art, challenging conventional notions of who is the artist and what the art is. Past projects include a video of people explaining their scars, lawn sculptures made in the likeness of Fletcher’s neighbors, and a participatory website (www.learningtoloveyoumore.com) created with Miranda July that offers assignments including, “Grow a garden in an unexpected spot.” Each project suggests that artmaking is a subjective process of assigning value, something each of us does every day.
For a recent project in France, Fletcher subverted the usual artist/institution relationship by engaging community members to generate ideas for a local sculpture park commission. He ultimately elected to work with a nine-year old boy who proposed crafting a turtle of gold and painting it green. Fletcher’s contribution to the project involved casting the young man as the artist, helping him through museum negotiations, as well as overseeing the sketching, production, and installation of the new piece. This process, like each of Fletcher’s, opened up the sometimes closed-quarters of exhibiting art.
Born in Santa Maria, CA, in 1967, Harrell Fletcher lives in Portland, OR. He received an MFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, in 1994. Solo shows include Domain de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France (2006); Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2005); and Christine Burgin, New York, NY (2004). Group exhibitions include Royal College of Art, London, England (2005); 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; and Seattle Art Museum, WA (2003).