Hot in Fairfield
I am writing in response to Matt Smith's article "Art of Betrayal" (Bay View, July 16) about artists Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin and the work they recently did in Fairfield, Calif.
Smith attacks Fletcher personally in the article by asserting that his "talent for obscuring serves Fletcher well ... as he tries to evade the cruel truth about his latest artistic work." During the 18 months I worked with Fletcher, I never knew him to purposefully obscure anything. He is one of the most conscientious, ethical, and honorable people I have ever had the opportunity to work with.
Smith accuses Fletcher and Rubin of a "sublime act of betrayal." Smith asked me directly if I felt the city of Fairfield had been betrayed by the artists. My answer was, "Absolutely not." I am unaware of Smith interviewing any other person in the city of Fairfield regarding the project.
Smith said that the city of Fairfield expected the artists to "celebrate the suburban blandeur of that north Bay Area town." I told Smith the only thing the artists were expected to do was complete a temporary and permanent public artwork about the Fairfield community. The artists have successfully completed the temporary work, and the permanent piece will be installed in September. The work they have done has been meaningful, thoughtful, interesting, and, ultimately, very successful.
Finally, Smith said I wasn't "bothered" by the San Francisco exhibition. In fact, I told Smith I hadn't seen it. I had seen three to four drawings and thought they were wonderful and was looking forward to seeing the completed exhibition.
It is important for writers to express thoughts, opinions, and criticism. It is dangerous for reporters to take information out of context and manipulate people's words for the sake of a story.
Visual Arts Coordinator
City of Fairfield
Thank you so much for choosing House as the best new restaurant ("Best of San Francisco," June 25). Everyone is so excited and we are really overwhelmed by the honor of it all. You have been very kind and generous.
Larry and Angela Tse
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Harry S. Robins