Saul Fletcher: Works from the recent past and the launch of his new monograph published by Inventory Press
October 4 - November 11
Opening times: Saturdays 11am-6pm or By Appointment
Saul Fletcher (*1967) was born to a working-class family in Barton-upon-Humber in northeastern England. For years he loaded coal on the docks of Hull, taking up photography as a hobby in the late 1980s. He moved to London in the 1990s, where he worked in commercial photography. In 1995 he showed his artwork for the first time at the Photographer’s Gallery in London.
His background is important, for the imagery he creates is fed by the experiences that have formed his reality and identity. His works reveal an often incomplete, fragmented, raw and yet powerful world. Coded emblems like the swastika, words and phrases, or religious symbols are used ambiguously. Found objects more readily associated with the occult-ritualistic or an archaic pictorial language—broken sticks, thorny vines, dried plants, bones or animal carcasses—lay next to elements borrowed from pop culture or art history. Untitled but numbered, the works seem to stem from an archive of memory closely connected with its author.
Since 1997 he has shown regularly with Anton Kern Gallery in New York and since 1999 with Sabine Knust in Munich. He has had important solo and group shows worldwide, including such major exhibitions as the Carnegie International (2004) , the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006), and the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012).