Please tell us about the series of drawings in this exhibition and how they fit into the overarching narrative… I’m showing abstract pencil drawings, a remake of Matisse’s wall painting in his chapel in Vence, a mural that asks whether we’re HUNGRY, and a series of charcoal drawings that had their genus in Miami strip clubs. All my drawings are concerned with documentation. What do you enjoy about working in collaboration with other people, and how do you experience sharing ‘the making of’ process? I consider myself doing a similar job to that of a conductor, film director, or architect. How do the extrospective concerns that your work challenges and engages with reflect and relate to your own internal experiences, both as an artist and a citizen? Everything I make is my internal attempt to deal with the ‘exterior’. Your work is subversive in many regards – among these challenging distinctions between ‘high’ and ‘lowbrow’ art, as well as ‘art’ and ‘craft’. Please tell us more about this… I’m not setting out to challenge these boundaries or distinctions. My work just throws light on these ‘imposed’ hierarchical differences. There is no difference to me, between a 3 metre wooden sculpture and a Monster energy drink. What are you most excited about right now (can be in the arts realm or wider world, or both)? I’m most excited about eating, sleeping, and shitting. An excerpt from the artist’s statement:
In this body of work, Platter has looked towards an internal landscape, while cannibalizing personal, political, and social sources to recharge the contemporary experience. These new series, hybrid monuments to transience and impermanence, highlight Platter’s continued subversion of both medium and content.I SAW THIS is on at WHATIFTHEWORLD until 29 March 2014. 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town. Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm / Sat 10am – 2pm For more of Cameron Platter’s work.