Learning to Love You More

Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College is very excited to announce its second show of the fall season: “LEARNING TO LOVE YOU MORE”

The show will run from November 12th through December 8th, 2004. One of contributing members of the group, Harrell Fletcher, will present a lecture on their work in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11th. The reception for the show will be Friday, November 12th from 6-8 pm.

Collaborators Harrell Fletcher, Miranda July and Yuri Ono have been selected to be the Moss Artists in Residence for 2004. The project and exhibition are made possible by the Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for the Visual Arts. Learning to Love You More is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher and various guests. Yuri Ono designs and manages the web site.

For the last twenty years the Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for the Visual Arts at Rhodes College has been bringing distinguished artists and art historians to Memphis. Last year, when the Learning to Love You More project became known to me, I knew the project’s inclusive modus operandi and its inherit generosity would be a perfect fit for the endowment’s history of inviting visiting artists to work in with the students, faculty as well as the Memphis art community. LTLYM brings with it largesse and richness. Rare qualities, that spring from the project’s openness and connectedness to the world.

Harrell Fletcher was born in 1967 in Santa Maria, CA. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (1990), and a MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1994). For over ten years Fletcher has worked collaboratively and individually on interdisciplinary, site-specific projects exploring the dynamics of social spaces and communities. Along with this work he has developed a series of more personal and idiosyncratic pieces that take various forms: drawings, prints, writings, events, videos, and sculptural objects. Fletcher has created exhibitions at Gallery HERE in Oakland, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, The McBean Project Space, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, and The de Young Museum in San Francisco, Alleged Gallery in NYC, COCA in Seattle, WA., and PICA, in Portland Oregon. He has been commissioned to produce public art projects for the San Francisco Art Commission, The Washington State Art Commission, The University of Minnesota, the City of Fairfield, CA, and Portland, Oregon¹s Regional Art and Culture Council. Fletcher has work in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the De Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the New Museum in NYC. Most recently his work has been featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York. He has received grants and residencies from The Creative Work Fund, Gunk, Creative Capital, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Fletcher has taught in a wide variety of settings from public grade schools to Stanford University.