‘Everyday Apocalypse’ is Cameron Platter’s first exhibition in the UK. These drawings form part of an ongoing, projected ten-year series of large-scale documentary drawings.
Works from the same series will be included in ‘Imaginary Fact: South African Art and the Archive’, an upcoming exhibition for the South Africa Pavilion at Venice’s 55th Biennale. Platter (born 1978, Johannesburg) thinks of these pencil on paper works as “Nomadic Murals”, as Le Corbusier considered tapestries. His drawings are a series of interlinking thoughts and meditations, capturing the most fleeting moment as well as the most expansive scene, linked together to form a singular meta-narrative.
Translating contemporary reality, Platter’s work fills the ordinary and the marginal, with incendiary new meaning. Interacting with transitory subjects and sources considered delinquent, sordid and lowbrow, he reconnoiters notions and concepts on the outside fringes of popular culture to create a highly edited, transitive, violent, personal, cynical, symptomatic and abstract vision. In this exhibition, his stance on the fringe, both conceptually and geographically, highly personal and distinct aesthetic, obsessive work methods, and non-conformist approach, come together to form a singular poetic moment.