'YOU'Cameron Platter at Gallerie Hussenot
'What can you see? What? No! No! No! You? Ha! Ha! You die! You die! You lose your mind! And it doesn’t matter what happened to you'.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (PhD)
Consisting of drawings, sculptural assemblages, and video, Cameron Platter's 'YOU' is an expanded collage of different signs, symbols, and signifiers informed by a contemporary South Africa.
Part documentary, part commentary, part allegory, an exploration of reality (far stranger than fiction) through concept, satire and subculture, Platter fills the ordinary and the marginal with incendiary new meaning. Interacting with transitory subjects and sources considered delinquent, sordid and lowbrow, he reconnoiters notions and concepts on the outside fringes of popular culture.
Platter’s unique vision - violent, sardonic, collaborative, and critical - is channeled through the mediums of chicken, advertising, death, poetry, chaos, weaving, activism, protest, profit-evangelists, portable toilets, political sloganeering, enlargers, empty guarantees, zombies, the disasters of war, unemployment, destitution, eternal love and forgiveness, debt, credit, money, money, money, sex classifieds, Life Solutions International, transvestites, dildos, buttplugs, pornography, privacy, concealment, miracle healing sessions, tabloids, the power of thoughts, nights of destiny, metaphysics, crime, rainbows, psychedelic dream sequences, transcendence, dolphins, doves, ecstasy, penises, visionary manifestos, alternate belief systems, anti-heroes, the 6th and 7th dimensions, True Ass Confessions, mind control, purgatory, cannibals, and self-help guides.
The drawings on show form part of Platter’s Everyday Apocalypse Pictures series, a projected ten-year series of 100 large-scale drawings. Thinking of these pencil on paper works as 'Nomadic Murals' (as Le Corbusier considered tapestries), and as steles, covered with today’s hieroglyphs, these drawings are a series of interlinking thoughts, capturing the most fleeting moment as well as the most expansive scene, linked together to form a single metanarrative.
08 September - 06 October