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“For The Love of Chicken”
Slogan from South African fast-food restaurant, Hungry Lion.The work is an expanded ‘collage’ of different signs, symbols, and signifiers informed by a contemporary South African reality, fusing a toilet, a sex torture chamber, and a fast-food restaurant to create a unique mind-map of contemporary morality.
More than three years in the making, it is a meditation on excrement, detritus, waste, sex, violence, consumerism, and greed, all channeled into a supremely handmade objet; part documentary, part commentary, part time capsule, and part outhouse.
The exterior of the sculpture, studded by ceramic dildos and f**kbars, shifts into the form of a portable toilet entirely (carved from avocado wood), a handmade Chicken Licken sign shining from its head. The stark interior of the work; all doors and windows barred by handmade steel bars and gates; has a single bare lightbulb, and a toilet, a room for torture and captivity.
This work revels in its construction and intent, its blurring of high and low, the political, the absurd and the satirical is deeply captivating. Platter’s unique vision; transitive, violent, cynical, collaborative, and critical is channeled into this acutely inappropriate, unusual, and bizarre work.
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 when the work is shown in its entirety.
Cameron Platter was born in 1978, Johannesburg. He graduated with a BFA in painting from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, in 2001. Recent exhibitions include “Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now,” Museum of Modern Art, New York; “Rencontres Internationales,” The Centre Georges Pomidou, Paris and Haus Der Kultur, Berlin; Le Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; “Coca- Colonization,” Marte Museum, El Salvador; and “Absent Heroes,” Iziko South African National Gallery.
His work appears in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York; and the Iziko South African National Gallery. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Vice Magazine, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Artforum, and Art South Africa.
He lives and works in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.