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Original Pieces By Fletcher Williams III Now On Display at SneakerFF
Published:
7/27/2016 5:30:34 PM


(l-r) SneakerFF owner JP Hudson and artist Fletcher Williams III
 

(l-r) Fletcher Williams III's 'Crown Duck' and 'Horseplay' in the courtyard of SneakerFF
 

'D-Road' by Fletcher Williams III at the 'Beyond the Rainbow' exhibit
 
By Damion Smalls

 
Two works by artist Fletcher Williams III have found a new home on Lower King Street.

The Park Circle resident has recently collaborated with SneakerFF owner JP Hudson to bring refurbished playground staples to the forefront for an innovative public art installation.
 
Williams is fresh off his latest exhibit in downtown Charleston, which was held during Spoleto Festival 2016, entitled ‘Beyond The Rainbow’.

‘Horseplay’ and ‘Crown Duck’, two items from the visually striking exhibit, are the original pieces now available to view in the courtyard of casual apparel shop SneakerFF. The artist describes the team-up as “a perfect fit”.
 
‘Beyond The Rainbow’ continued the thought-provoking, melanin-imbued narrative for Williams. He is a craftsperson unafraid of his Blackness and that of his hometown of North Charleston.

Physical art from the masterwork effort was assembled from recycled materials found locally. The compositions depicted the struggle of Black lives in the poverty-stricken Chicora Cherokee region, the beauty of Palmetto Roses and the juxtaposition that occurs everyday in the area with occupants that retain hope while in a sea of hopelessness.
 
Located at 237 King Street (Unit D), SneakerFF is locally owned and operated by Hudson, who was developing the joint idea with Williams for over a year. The store is open Monday-Saturday from 11am - 6pm and Sunday from 12pm - 5pm. The latest styles from Puma, New Balance and Converse are located inside along with a host of other  contemporary brands. The aesthetic opportunity conceived by Hudson and Williams in this venture is posed to enliven the area and spark the imaginations of onlookers of all convictions.
 
Fletcher Williams III, 29, shares a deep passion for his profession. Driven by history, role model aspirations and the ever-beating pulse of modern society, his collections and talent have garnered acclaim nationwide. Even so, Williams reminds of the importance of staying local while remaining flexible for the next challenge, wherever it may lead him. He is an integral member of the new wave of young Black visionaries in Charleston that are currently taking over the Lowcountry and set to populate the pages of The Chronicle with regularity for years to come.
 
Next month, works from Williams, as well as several other artistic catalysts will be featured in OFF WHITE, a multi-media exhibit being held at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York. Open August 4 – November 6, 2016, the showcase will serve as a memorandum on race, Black culture and oppression.
 
For more information on Fletcher Williams III, visit www.fletcher3.com and his social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


 

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