Thursday, June 6, 2013

Robert Platt: Insubstantial Pageants of The Mind's Eye: The Butcher's Daughter Gallery 6/20, 2013

The Butcher's Daughter is proud to present the solo exhibition

Robert Platt: Insubstantial Pageants of The Mind's Eye  

as the inaugural exhibition for the gallery's new Midtown Detroit location

Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

Enkephalon, 2013
oil, pigment, and paint on canvas
84 x 96"

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 life 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.

Meet the artist and join us in celebration of 
The Butcher's Daughter new location in 
The Auburn at 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 111, Detroit, Michigan

This special event will take place in conjunction with  
Art Detroit Now, Third Thursday art walk.

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