Robert Platt

Insubstantial Pageants of The Mind’s Eye

June 20 - July 27, 2013


Enkephalon, 2013

64 x 72”

oil and pigment on linen

Opening Reception || Thursday, June 20, 2013 6-9:00 PM

This large-scale painting exhibition features nearly a dozen works by Robert Platt that explore concepts of mediated and domestic nature and the liminal spaces of contemporary life. Platt investigates how human interaction is effected by imported cultural constructs and, further, how these ideas and thoughts affect the world we live in, our shared social experiences, and the impact and resonance within the individual.


Platt, born in 1974 London, England, states:


"As in Plato's cave allegory we content ourselves with illusions of reality. As our lives become more intertwined with technology, our constructions of multiple realities increase. While we distance ourselves from nature, we glorify the appeal of the wild and the image of solitude and simplicity."


This simultaneous simulation and detachment will be manifest in the exhibition through a spatial intervention containing multi-channel camera obscurae.


Platt explains:


"The ideas behind the subject matter attempts to communicate a critique of the increasing loss of social and interpersonal relations today, but at the same time it creates a social event, which invites people to share ideas and consider the role of our personal detachment to nature, the impermanence of structures, and ways to rethink our relation to nature and our social interaction within it."



Robert Platt (b. 1974 London, England) has a M.A (Painting) from The Royal College of Art, London and a Ph.D. from Kyoto City University of Arts, in Kyoto, Japan. His work has been exhibited at galleries and art fairs internationally and reviewed in publications such as Art Review and Frieze Magazine. Platt is an Assistant Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he teaches painting.

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