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Some Translations: Andrea, 1999–2006.

Some Translations: Andrea, 1999–2006.


Harrell Fletcher

In Situ Fabienne Leclerc
43 rue de la Commune de Paris
September 9–October 14, 2006

Asking his students, friends, and fellow artists to share their skills and imagination, Harrell Fletcher generously incorporates interpretations of a list of project ideas into this collaborative exhibition. For Some Translations: Andrea, 1999–2006, Fletcher uses a display unit by Andrea Blum to realize his plan to present an artist’s source material on an existing sculpture. Fletcher turns Blum’s lean structure into a sort of frame for itself, covering the sturdy metal shelves and screens with the books, films, and newspaper clippings that filled Blum’s studio (and mind) at the time she conceived the work. Performing his role as teacher, Fletcher sought further contributions by assigning fourteen friends and students the task of illustrating one of his unrealized exhibition or event proposals. Mary George’s earnest illustration of Fletcher’s idea to “offer free daycare for babies in a gallery” pictures a swarm of chubby toddlers crawling about a painting show. Saggy diapers, a mattress, and piles of mislaid blankets fill a modern exhibition space while a triumphant figure, very much resembling Fletcher, carries a giggling baby on his shoulders. Dave Bryant has followed Fletcher’s request to “make a museum into a haunted house,” creating a frenzied collage that includes pharmaceutical advertisements, balding men, and a jumble of text printed with a colorful set of felt pens. Bryant’s museum would include “unbalanced emotions” and a “cirque-de-soleil-inspired free plastic surgery give away” but, in line with Fletcher’s declared socialist sensibilities, would be free only on Thursdays.