School of the Living and the Dead: Bill Platz
A solo exhibition showcasing work by Dr Bill Platz.
In this exhibition, Dr Platz continues his investigation into the histories and applications of puppets in studio drawing, and recent experiments that aim to demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of using modern technological fibres as a base for drawing, painting, and printmaking.
Dr Platz is an American-Australian artist, teacher and researcher who exhibits and publishes regularly in the US, Australia and internationally. With a disciplinary focus on drawing and research concentrations in life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing, his recent work confects drawing, the body and puppets. Dr Platz is currently Head of Drawing at the Queensland College of Art. He previously served as Deputy Director of QCA (Research), Program Director of Fine Art; First-Year Coordinator for Fine Art and Photography; Convenor of Studio Foundations; and Higher Degree Research Co-Convenor.
This solo exhibition is the culmination of an ongoing research project started in 2017 on the studio creation and activities of draughtspuppets — semi-autonomous artist-puppets that have created all the work in the exhibition. Although the work included in this exhibition was produced in 2022/23, it unites and explores several threads of puppet research that have been ongoing.
Earlier works by the draughtspuppets have been exhibited in Australia, Japan and the United States. This, however, will be the most significant collection of the puppet works exhibited to date. Dr Platz has also published scholarly articles on the draughtspuppets’ work in Drawing: Research Theory Practice (Intellect London) and VIS: Nordic Journal for Artistic Research (SAR Stockholm). Works by the draughtspuppets have won the Marie Ellis Acquisitive Drawing Prize and been selected and commended by Claire Gilman (chief curator of the Drawing Center, NY) in the Drawing Discourse exhibition (US).
This exhibition is on show from 16 September to 12 November 2023.
Above, homepage square and banner: Bill Platz Puppet Pushmi-Pullyu (Blue Prone), 2023 (details). Image courtesy of the artist.
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