Fletcher Williams III: Traces
Traces presents a variety of works from Charleston based interdisciplinary artist Fletcher Williams III. Williams III’s theoretical and conceptual art-making practice is rooted in a southern vernacular, which he finds essential to documenting the unweaving of Charleston’s social and cultural fabric. Incorporating his studies of ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology, Williams III creates multimedia objects and installations that explore historical and contemporary African American narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Since 2009, the artist has been gaining recognition for his diverse palate of materials, whether it be automotive paint, found objects, metal flake, shingles, pen & ink or palmetto leaves. Williams has at his disposal a library of local motifs, including the ever-present handwoven palmetto roses that are sold by young black children on the streets of Charleston. Oak, a piece towering at five feet tall, is one of the many pieces in this exhibition that incorporates these roses in an unexpected way. By using these recognizable symbols, Williams is attempting to illustrate a moment of time, to “trace the removal of black communities and the culture taken with it.”
"It is difficult to admire the landscape and architecture of this small city for too long without bits of its haunting past bubbling to the surface." - Fletcher Williams III
EXHIBITION PERIOD: MARCH 8 - APRIL 22, 2018
ARTIST TALK: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 6 PM
ARTIST'S RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 7 - 9 PM
Reception Admission: members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation