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Fletcher Williams III to Present 'Beyond The Rainbow' Exhibition in Downtown Charleston
4/15/2016 11:18:06 AM

Fletcher Williams III is pleased to present Beyond The Rainbow, his second solo exhibition since returning to Charleston in 2013. Beginning with an opening reception to be held on May 26, 2016 from 6:30pm–9:30pm, the exhibit at 134 Cannon Street will run through June 12, 2016. 

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. Locals protest, however, that there’s a lack of resources in the area such as grocery stores, health care facilities, and social services, which are only available to more 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, some of which are depicted below.

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. An understanding of all is necessary in the complexity of Charleston’s shifting social landscape, according to Williams.

Works from Souvenir 2015 will also be on display. 

About the artist

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 Charleston, S.C.

Opening Reception: Property Parking Lot will be accessible to guests.
All other days: Metered street parking and neighboring parking garages.

Gallery Hours
Mon - Sat: 11am - 6pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm
(Appointment Only Viewing) Mon - Sat: 9am - 11am 


Fletcher Williams III - Blue Skies

Fletcher Williams III - Oak

Fletcher Williams III - Pepperdam Creek

Fletcher Williams III at his Park Circle studio

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