«What if the art world (and the world in general) were based on a socialist system instead of capitalist
one? What if the goals we were shooting for were sharing, equality, and mutual support, instead of
competition, rarification, and celebrity? So many frustrations, but what are the options, what can
we do to make things better? It would be wonderful to impeach Bush, and overrun the art world
hierarchies, but those things will take a little time.
I often carry art made by friends of mine in my coat pocket and show it to people that I encounter
during my day. The work gets a little rumpled up, but at least people are getting to see and enjoy
it. In general that’s what I’m trying to do with my projects : find ways to share the things I love with
other people.» Harrell Fletcher, «It’s a lot funner with friends and bunch of Fireworks»,
2004 - publication about a project for the whitney biennal and socrates sculpture park.
For the last 10 years, Harrell Fletcher has worked at the intersection between art and ordinary life,
creating projects that explore the nature of community by involving collaborators.
Fletcher has taken upon himself to turn the spotlight onto other. With a dedicated, emphatic
intelligence, he treats us to the joy and poignancy of appreciating our fellows humans by walking a
difficult line between artistic skill, organizational savvy and anonymity.
For his first solo exhibition in France, Harrell Fletcher will collaborate with 13 artists to illustrate
some of his ideas: Dave Bryant, Dana Dart-McLean, Alyse Emdur, Mary George, Jess Hillard,
Miranda July, Brian Merkel, Kenneth Andrew Mroczek, Shaun Odell, Santiago de Paoli,
Brittany Powell, Emily Prince, Lucy Raven, Trevor Shimizu. Also, he will turn an Andrea Blum
sculpture into a display unit for things that affected Andrea while the sculpture was being created.