Fucking Hell by Cameron Platter

SOLO EXHIBITION

01 DECEMBER 2011 - 28 JANUARY 2012

OPENING THURSDAY 01 December 18H00 - 20H00

ARTIST WALK-ABOUT SATURDAY 03 DECEMBER 12H00


Ever more petit bourgeois, consumerist, fascistic, the tele-stupefied country has lost all awareness of culture and language. It has lost all memory of itself, its history, its identity.” - Vincenzo Consolo

In a society where the majority wants to be a celeb and even leaders act like shallow celebrities, what we lack is a counter culture. Money and cool are worshipped, developing from the chaps who kill for cellphones so that they achieve cool by being feared and ability to buy lots of booze incrementally succeeding to cool by having the flashiest cars, apparel, women and booze” - William Sithonga.

WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY is pleased to present Cameron Platter’s Fucking Hell, an exhibition of new drawings.

Exploring a reality stranger than fiction, through fantasy, satire and subculture, Platter fills the ordinary and the marginal, with incendiary new meaning. Working from everyday experience with subjects overlooked or considered delinquent, sordid and lowbrow, he reconnoiters notions and concepts on the outside fringes of South Africa’s popular culture.

Platter’s highly edited, transitive, violent, personal, cynical, and abstract vision is communicated through the carefully chosen mediums of Chicken Licken, military history, CNN, death, Isandlwana, chaos, activism, The Arab Spring, gospel singers, ATM’s, Wolf Blitzer, political sloganeering, enlargement, empty guarantees, empty promises, nzumbes, horror films, advertising, unemployment, destitution, debt, credit, Kendra, sex classifieds, shemales, erotique fantasy, red boots, tattoos, dildos, Brenda Fassie, big boobs, loneliness, pornography, privacy, psychedelic dream sequences, miracle healing sessions, the power of happiness, nights of destiny, metaphysics, rainbows, transcendence, dolphins, shoes, penises, visionary manifestos, alternate belief systems, advanced extenders, Viagra, self improvement, the 6th and 7th dimensions, mind control, and self help guides.

These seemingly disparate, absurd and irreverent thoughts are exactingly, and painstakingly woven together to create an inter-galactic bricolage of contemporary morality.

Platter has added a further layer of complexity to his drawing practice, having embarked on his Apocalypse series; a projected ten-year series of 100 large scale documentary drawings. Thinking of these pencil on paper works as “Nomadic Murals”, as Le Corbusier considered tapestries, these drawings are a series of interlinking thoughts/meditations, capturing the most fleeting moment as well as the most expansive scene, linked together to form a singular meta-narrative.

His stance on the fringe, both conceptually and geographically, highly personal and distinct aesthetic, obsessive work methods, and non-conformist approach, come together to form a singular poetic moment when the works are shown together.

View the exhibition catalogue: cameron_platter.pdf

Read a review of the exhibition, written by Matthew Partridge, at The Mail and Guardian.

Read another review of this show, written by Leigh Anne-Niehaus, for ArtThrob

Read an interview with the artist, conducted by Linda Stupart, at Mahala