Walnut Creek, CA

Fletcher + Rubin

Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts

For the past five years, Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin have been making installations that bring new meaning to the term “site specific.” For each project they undertake, these two young artists research a particular locale for several weeks to several months, with the intent of eventually creating a body of work that reflects the particularity of the place and the people who live there. Since whatever they come up with is usually exhibited within the community that inspired it, their subjects are also their audience.

“Wanderings and Observations in Walnut Creek,” the somewhat picaresque title of the pair’s most recent installation, set the mood for a highly idiosyncratic collection of objects and images. The fourteen separate segments placed around the gallery included enormous, startlingly beautiful photographs of weeds; enlarged, hand-painted copies of (hand-drawn) maps the artists had

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