Meet Fletch Cuts
Fletch Cuts is a visual artist from Adelaide working predominantly with hand-cut stencils. Recently his cutting skills have been under the microscope, almost literally. His micro-portraits are small enough to fit on a dollar coin, using spray cans and often consisting of seven to ten layers.
Fletch is definitely an artist to keep your eye on, his work is constantly progressing in unpredictable directions. We recently caught up with Fletch to have a chat about his latest micro-stencils, his intricate process, and creating art on found objects.
Tell us about the works 'Psycho Cash' & 'Sams Deal'
'Psycho Cash' - I painted this to represent the evil, yet desirable nature of money.
'Sams Deal' - Samuel, what a guy. I have been collecting these vintage playing cards for a while and a portrait of Samuel L Jackson on them, to me is a perfect match.
How long do these stencils take and what is the process involved for such small pieces?
Each one takes around ten hours to cut. I use a fairly small blade and and I really just take it slow, making sure everything is as precise as it can possibly be. If one layer or one line is even half a mm out, it can change the image dramatically.
What is your studio like and what happens on your normal working ‘art’ day?
My studio is my spare room. It also doubles as a place to work on bicycles. It's a mess, but I kind of like it that way. I do all of my spraying on my balcony in a little home made booth.
My day always starts with lots of good, strong coffee. Then usually I alternate between cutting stencils in my hovel/studio and painting with brushes on large canvasses in my lounge room.
Stencilling has experienced a resurgence in the last few years – especially with ‘representational’ or the ‘photo real’ style – what are your thoughts on the evolution and inspiration of stencils and street art in general?
I think most street art styles have refined and evolved into something more 'photo real' in the last few years. Stenciling has a lot to do with exact proportions which are easily and quickly recognized on the street. I'm noticing more people enjoying street art lately instead of blank walls and a stencils pre-planned, exact proportions often catch the interested onlookers eye first.
You’ve been stencilling onto some interesting found objects – what do these objects mean to you and how do they compliment or contrast with your subject matter?
Often it's just a nice looking piece of wood or slate. I enjoy the way the synthetic colours look with naturally toned backgrounds. I've also been using glass to spray on, the smooth surface doesn't allow any of the detail to get hidden.
You’re from Adelaide – how has that influenced your work?
I can't think of how it has.
What is your art collection like?
Pretty diverse; Irek Tankpetrol, Awer, Wiland, James Dean, Fredrock, Store, Jayson Fox, Gary Seaman, Donovan Christie, STITCHFASE, Lucky Tuscadero, Fredsticks, Jelena Vujnovic, Josh Smith & Sam Evans
What’s next for Fletch Cuts?
I'm doing a collab show with photographer Mark Zed on August 6th and a number of group shows coming up. Other than that I'm planning a solo show for early next year.
~ Interview by Ben Frost.