Trained originally as a painter, Cameron Platter works in sculpture, animation, drawing and printmaking. With an artistic practice deeply influenced by mark-making strategies of ‘outsider’ art, Platter mines quotidian subjects in order to incite new meaning amongst issues considered marginal. In this work, he re-conceptualises the fringes of South Africa’s popular culture, bringing intense sociopolitical themes to the fore through a deceptively simple visual language. Considering his corpus of drawings as an extended series, Platter’s works embody a philosophical way of living and thinking, as a meditation on detritus, consumers and morality — all channeled into a constellation that examines contemporary excess. At once optimistic, cynical, and bizarre, Platter’s works put forth a sincere effort to investigate the confused, problematic circumstances of modernity.
Platter graduated with a BFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town (2001). Recent exhibitions include Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, 55th Venice Biennale; Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, MoMA; Rencontres Internationales, Centre Georges Pompidou; Coca-Colonization, Marte Museum; Absent Heroes, Iziko South African National Gallery.