Harrell Fletcher

b. 1967, Santa Maria, California; lives in Portland, Oregon


Fletcher has worked collaboratively and individually on interdisciplinary, site-specific projects exploring the dynamics of social spaces and communities. Along with this work he has developed a series of more personal and idiosyncratic pieces that take various forms – drawings, prints, writings, events, videos, and sculptural objects.

During his residency at Tamarind, Fletcher explored daily routines, everyday abstraction, and found imagery. He took walks everyday, repeatedly using Central Avenue, where Tamarind is sited, as his starting point, asking people with whom he came into contact to draw for him a map of their day — the places they had been that led them to the spot where they met –and then he would draw a map of his day, too. Combining the maps in various ways was a way for him to make visible something normal and common place but also usually unseen.

Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from California College of the Arts. Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990’s.  From 2002 to 2009 Fletcher co-produced Learning To Love You More, a participatory website with Miranda July. His work can be found in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMOMA, The Hammer Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, The De Young Museum, and The FRAC Brittany, France.

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