While the London edition of the Prize has now closed, I wanted to continue to shine a light on a few of the artists int the show as it will continue on in the coming months. Fletcher’s night time Lake (2010) drawing won one of the student awards at the Drawing Prize show, and it was interesting to see him speak at one of the evening events about his work – the piece itself was the sort of genesis of his artistic trajectory, a space that he revisited in Bristol once he had left work as a scaffolder and began studying art. But, as he noted, his work was now involved in more than just drawing and incorporated sculpture.
His work shares across media an examination of the built environment, with a hard realism in pencil, concrete, and metal, exploring the quiet lives of the buildings and structures that surround us.
While one series he’s produced examines the facades of crumbling Cuban cinemas, one image that struck me particularly was of the sculptural work below, a concrete sculpture of a series of stacked birdhouses, each just barely able to fit the smallest bird but once they enter are fortified by the solid material. This is mirrored by a a series of photocopied images that mimic the stacked shape, but depict instead our own, human lodgings, the winding entry ramps and curved barriers of parking lots.