Herbie Fletcher's "Wrecktangle" at THE MODERN HONOLULU is akin to those shown in New York City and Los Angeles this year.
"In rock and roll we've got Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger," wrote surf journalist Jamie Brisick in 1996. "In surfing we've got Herbie Fletcher."
The 65 year old legendary longboarder, big wave rider, filmmaker and multi-medium artist has worked and surfed around some of the biggest names in both fields throughout recent history. Jimi Hendrix. Dennis Hopper. Julian Schnabel. Bruce Weber. The list goes on.
Fletcher's wife, Dibi, who often writes about and documents the inner workings of her hubby's mind, had this to say about his "Wrecktangle" sculptures – one of the first of which hangs in the lobby of THE MODERN HONOLULU:
"From the juxtaposition of the broken jagged shapes to the placement of the pros corporate sponsorship logos, these once perfect individually custom made wave riding tools all broken in the massive tubes at Pipeline were put together to create a dynamic piece of contemporary surf culture."
Fletcher's foray into the film world are as varied and eclectic as his art. From collaborations with legendary artist Julian Schnabel, to involvement with Jimi Hendrix (Fletcher appeared in a documentary about Hendrix's last concert, which was held on Maui) or a film about surfers and the Vietnam War, his resume is certainly varied.
Perhaps the fact that Fletcher has recently been credited as producer and a stunt man on HBOs series "John From Cincinnati" says more about his interests than anything. He's also appeared in Bruce Weber's "Chop Suey" art flick, as well as "Endless Summer II."
Fletcher's sculptures, which start at $25,000 per (and have fetched up to $60,000), have found recent homes at galleries in New York City and Los Angeles. Schnabel, who mentored Fletcher early on in his development as an artist, owns three; hotel magnate Ian Schrager decided to put one in the lobby of THE MODERN HONOLULU. This winter his "Path of a Wave Warrior" exhibit lives at the Known Gallery in Los Angeles.
With hard-charging sons Christian and Nathan Fletcher making their own massive waves in the worlds of surfing, snowboarding, motocross, skateboaring and more, it's likely the Fletcher clan will be a force behind surfing and the surf arts for many generations to come.
As appeared in Surfer and Stab magazines