Platt calls himself an "image-maker," and his artwork that centers on survival, marginalization, and expressions of the human condition is on display at the University of Arkansas through September 30.
The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is presenting an exhibition in the Fine Arts Center Gallery called “Michael Platt: The Journey.” Platt's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and the one-person show at the UA features "artwork that centers on figurative explorations of life’s survivors, the marginalized, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition."
Platt is a Washington, DC-based printmaker, visual historian and visual storyteller who prefers to be called an "image-maker." Platt, who is African American, uses digital photography and the printing process and calls upon his experiences of the "African Diaspora" to provoke, challenge, and celebrate the human condition.
The artist has said of his work, "For the past three years my imagery has centered on ritual and the transformation of the human spirit that occurs when it confronts imagined or actual events and circumstances. Most recently, using digitally manipulated female figures to manifest such transformations in my prints, as well as the artist books and broadsides done in collaboration with poet Carol Beane, I have addressed issues of slavery, Hurricane Katrina, waiting, and searching for home," states Platt.
The exhibit, “Michael Platt: The Journey", includes a number of Platt's artwork from 2010 and new pieces from 2011, including The Journey.
The Years of Her Existence by Michael Platt. Pigment print on canvas. Ed. 1/3. 2010
The writing on the image above, The Years of Her Existence, reads: “She was dressed In the many years of her existence and wore rainbows round her head; she was adorned in memories, spattered with mud; you could not read all of where she’d been; tatters of her loves clung to her restlessly…”
More than a dozen of Platt's works are on view at the UA Fine Arts Center Gallery through September 30. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 5:30pm and Sunday, 2pm - 5pm.