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"Cameron Platter: Life is Very Interesting"
2005-09-28 until 2005-10-22
Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
Cape Town, ,
ZA South Africa
Life is Very Interesting, the third solo exhibition by acclaimed young artist and director, Cameron Platter opens at Bell-Roberts Gallery on 28 September. Comprising a series of large format pencil crayon drawings and a portfolio of prints, the show is designed to present a narrative that incorporates old favourites from Platter’s bizarre world of dirty livin’ such as Cat Blofeld the World Dominatrix, The Zebras (from Outer Space), Dirty Harry the Croc as well as new characters The Yakuza Penguins and Desiree the Femme Fatale go-go girl.
It features all the tried and tested themes of love and revenge, temptation and crookery, megalomania and obscene excess in the war between good and evil in contemporary South Africa. It promises to be an action-packed spectacle of crime and punishment, se! x and sin, and decline and fall all sewn together in Platter’s insidiously humorous style.
Action flips between yachts off the coast of Mozambique, seedy strip clubs, hideouts in the Congo, fat cats in cash-filled landscapes, crocodiles in fast cars, attacks from outer space, and the production of a soft-core erotic film at Rorke’s Drift, battle scenes notwithstanding. These artworks are ‘curtain raisers’ to the screening of a full-length film scheduled for cinema release later this year.
Platter’s previous exhibitions were critical and commercial successes and his video work has been showcased internationally, most notably at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Selection at Cannes last year. Known for his zany, offbeat sense of humour, Platter was snapped up by cutting edge commercial production company Suburban Films, for whom he directs.
I’ll Be Back...
pencil crayon on paper,
190 x 130cm