‘The Message is the Message’ by Cameron Platter – Warin Lab Contemporary


Warin Lab Contemporary

Sep 23 - Nov 26, 2021

All images courtesy of Warin Lab Contemporary

Warin Lab Contemporary is proud to present “The Message is the Message”, a solo exhibition by Cameron Platter which will be on view between 23 September - 26 November 2021, at Warin Lab Contemporary.

This exhibition marks Platter’s first solo show in Thailand and brings an installation of drawings and sculptures. 

  • Casino, pencil on paper, 180x130cm framed

  • Greetings, pencil on paper, 80x56cm framed

In line with Warin Lab Contemporary’s mission of providing a space to discuss social issues through art and its focus on an environmental theme throughout 2021, Platter chooses to concentrate on the theme of trash, a constant element of his art. The artist breaks through the wall of a frontal point of view, transcending the obviousness of a literal reading. Digging deeper into the multilayered concept of trash, he plays with its very complexity. In his world, trash is a wide concept that includes ecological aspects like environmental degradation, mutations and toxicity. 
But trash also overcomes this perspective and is a metaphor for our society’s debris: it is the garbage of the conformist common sense; it is people narcotized watching a Netflix series while the worst inhumanities flow in the background of life. Excess, consumption, mutations, mass hysteria, plasticizers, cancers, toxic waste; as well as the maximalist disposable-culture of fast food, fast money, fake-news, greed and crumbling late-stage capitalism. Trash is the aberration of evil that wanders the Earth.

  • The End, pencil on paper, 180x130cm framed

In Platter’s works two crocodiles’ outlines overlap against a bricked wall, shrimps fluctuate with martini drinks and black cats, an image of a fish lifted from Shutterstock are subjects of his drawings. Acid, vivid, toxic sharp colors daze us. “Life”, “Exodus”, “Casino”, the titles of these works, pop up in the composition like neon signs flashing at us, like details of mounting anxiety.
Carved wooden copies of plastic stools are scattered in view of the brightly- painted gallery wall. The drawings themselves appear like an altar piece but also like items on a fast-food menu. Physically brought together by the stools, viewers are involved and engaged. Not audience anymore, they become part of the whole work, a consumerist temple for a Happy Meal.  The whole exhibition represents an experience, rather than simply a collection of different works. It creates a whole universe. 

The all-encompassing nature of Platter’s approach has a totalizing embrace, it’s the coexistence of opposites: symbols from high and low culture, irony and tragedy, cynicism and social commitment, lightness and playfulness along with fear, panic and chaos.  
Platter’s works always have a strong impact. There’s no surface subtlety, and this project has the aggressive strength to immediately shake us at our core - it strikes with violence and awakens us, to suddenly rouse us from torpor. After the initial strong impact, the works open multiple doors and we find ourselves with different paths of reflection where we can find both subtle comedy and tragedy. 
Complexity, entropy, disintegration of sure reference points: what Cameron Platter does is take our certainties, our undisputed vision of reality, and plays with it. He shuffles the cards, throws them on the ground, shredding them into a thousand pieces scattered upside down, all over. He laughs at us; he frightens us with a Joker smile. When we come back from this trip things aren’t like they were before. Simple things have revealed a deep nature, a connection with a magma from which everything derives, a tragic and frightening substance, but at the same time as true as life is. What is certain is that we are no longer sure of anything. 
Cameron Platter predicts our future and at the same time he also reports the most accurate picture of our contemporaneity. His work is multilayered, multi-dimensional, multi-material, multi-idea’ed.
What you see is not what you get. “The Message is the Message” is not the message. 

About the Artist

  • Cameron Platter

Cameron Platter was born in 1978, Johannesburg.

Recent exhibitions include “Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive”, 55th Venice Biennale; “Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now,” Museum of Modern Art, New York; “Public Intimacy. Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa”, SFMOMA, San Francisco; “Rencontres Internationales,” The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Le Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; “Coca- Colonization,” Marte Museum, El Salvador; and “Absent Heroes,” Iziko South African National Gallery. Recent gallery solo shows include Blank Projects, Cape Town; Galerie Hussenot, Paris;1301PE, Los Angeles.
His work appears in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York; The FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France; Zietz MOCAA Collection; The Margulies Collection; and the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Press features include The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, The New York Times, NYAQ, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art.
He lives and works in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.


The Message is the Message

September 23 - November 26, 2021
会 場
Warin Lab Contemporary
Unit 3101, O.P. Garden, Charoenkrung Road soi 36 Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
電 話
+6683 095 2028
10.30 am – 7.30 pm Tue – Sat

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation