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GALLERY EXHIBIT—CEDAR CREST COLLEGE, SASHA FLETCHER: "EVERYTHING HERE IS OK"
Allentown, PA (December 10, 2008)—Cedar Crest College presents an exhibit of former Allentown artist Sasha Fletcher’s artwork titled, “Everything Here is OK,” from January 19 through February 20 in the Tompkins College Center Gallery, with an artist talk and reception on January 28, beginning at 5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the artist
Fletcher said he was sitting in his kitchen one day when it occurred to him that examining and drawing different elements of the kitchen instead of focusing on the entire room brought a fresh perspective. Fletcher’s drawings put everyday household items under the microscope in an effort to illustrate that the parts can sometimes be every bit as interesting and important as the aggregate.
“For me, things have always sort of grown step-by-step, line-by-line, while trying to keep something larger in mind. It’s mainly an act of skillful stumbling and of piecing back together. That what we do and how we do it is an extension of who we are.
“Jasper Johns once said something along the lines of how every painting should be looked at the same way you look at a radiator. I agree completely. I also feel that every radiator should be looked at the same way you look at a painting. That sometimes the best way to talk about something is to talk around it—to define an object by its parts rather than its function, or, more specifically, to address the function by talking about its parts.”
Fletcher’s full-time job at Whole Foods, where he guts fish, also serves as a driving force for his approach to bringing the seemingly mundane to life. In addition to his typical drawings, Fletcher plans to unveil life-sized cardboard drawings for the exhibit at Cedar Crest, one of which may include a series of radiators. He describes this artwork as “slightly surreal.”
Fletcher’s works have been shown at the Home and Planet Gallery in Bethlehem, as well as many student exhibitions at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where he received a BFA in Ceramics in 2007. He lives and works in Philadelphia.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Tompkins Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call Brian Wiggins, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.