The Battle of Rorkes Drift at Club Dirty Den (About 2009)
Pencil crayon on paper, 240 x 240 cm
Galerie Hilger contemporary presents I AM LONELYNESS, an exhibition of recent drawing and video work by South African artist Cameron Platter.
Cameron Platter's series of black and white drawings; The Good Shepard Presents Dr. Bombaka, The Battle of Rorkes Drift at Club Dirty Den (About 2009), and Black Up that White Ass II, are production stills/ working sketches/ and thought pads for his manic video titled Black Up that White Ass II. "Black Up That White Ass II", a 26 minute long, animated video work is a Good vs. Evil story of contemporary life in South Africa weaved through erotic pornography, historic battle stories, biblical parables, and psychedelic dream sequences. Influenced by the South African tradition of storytelling in the medium of woodcuts, Slasher gore, Z- grade gangster films, local politics, witchdoctors, kids cartoons, MTV, penis extension machines, arcadia, strip clubs, tabloid horror stories, and the lure of casinos, this film speaks to us about the universal themes of sex, love, violence, beauty, and things falling apart. With the meticulous appropriation of John Muafangejo, Big Wet Asses III, the Battle of Rorkes Drift in KwaZulu-Natal, the parable of the Good Shepard, and the Coen brothers' Big Lebowski, Platter creates an ultra primitive, anti-aesthetic take on what it means to be alive today in South Africa.