"Lion", Acrylic andSspraypaint on carved Jacaranda Wood, 100 cm
Too Much of Anything is Very Dangerous
Opening: Thursday, January 24th 2008, 7.30 pm
The exhibition lasts until February 21st 2008.
The artist will be present.
"Too Much of Anything is Very Dangerous" is a series of XXX Adults Only children's stories, a schizoid chronicle of the struggle of Evil versus Good, shown in an installation of drawings, sculptures, and video projections. It features comedy-noir, explicit sex, and bloody violence spiked with irony, cynicism and approaching love.
The exhibition will run in two separate parts. The first, drawings and sculptures, relates directly to the second- a series of video projections.
The large-scale drawings, painstakingly hand-coloured with pencil crayons, act as storyboards, or notes, for the videos. The sculptures, carved from jacaranda wood, are snapshots, silent clues to the plots that unfold in the videos. The video installation will feature 3 cinema- sized projections - each with a specially composed soundtrack. This intensifies the crude, jerky animation and pulsating colour, deepens the humour and the horror.
Included are a martini-slugging, sports-car-crashing crocodile, journeys to and from the underworld, a stripper rising from the grave, a cursed lion who can't decide whether he's good or bad and loves to pleasure himself, God as a deceased American Rap star with a designer shoe-fetish, zebras from Outer Space, cities throbbing with sleazy strip joints, all-nite bars and possible redemption, a man who turns into an elephant who makes love to a leopard, golden briefcases, a spaceship that may or may not save the world, a boat that provides an escape route from a sinking planet, and Hell as a very nice place.
Cameron Platter (b. 1978 Johannesburg) lives and works in Shaka's Rock, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His targets and influences include corrupt politicians; megalomania and the mass media; fast cars and beautiful women; children's stories, crime fiction and gangster films; Elvis Presley and Richard Pryor; Southern African woodcut masters; African wild life and real life and things falling apart. His vision of salvation and damnation is both particular and universal.
Dubbed "the delinquent love child of Quentin Tarantino and Dr Seuss" his work is included in the Margulies, Sagamore, and Laurence Graff Collections. This is his first solo exhibition in Europe.
1978 born in Johannesburg, Southafrica
Selected Solo Shows:
2007 Kwakuhlekisa, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Kapstadt
2005 Life Is Very Interesting, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Kapstadt
Selected Group Shows:
2006 Tour, a slice of life, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna
Lives and works in Shaka's Rock, KwaZulu-Natal, Southafrica