CJS Noon Lecture - EVENT CANCELLED The Phantom Hut: Landscape Appreciation and Hermetic Tendencies in Japan and the West


Oct
31
2013

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  • Speaker: Robert Platt
  • Host Department: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)
  • Date: 10/31/2013
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM

  • Location: Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg.

  • Description:

    DUE TO THE SPEAKER'S ILLNESS, THIS NOON LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO RESCHEDULE FOR A LATER DATE. THANK YOU.

     

    For a large proportion of us, our perception of landscape today is built from models invented inside the mind by artistic production, individual memory and collective culture. In addition, it is the abundance, the complexity and most of all the speed that we now view the world that makes it particularly difficult for us to really ‘see’ nature as no more than a fleeting apparition or visual spectacle. As in Plato’s cave allegory we content ourselves with the illusions of reality and as our lives become more intertwined with technology our constructions of multiple realities increase.

    Recent research trips to the ancient Kumano trails of Japan and the wilderness of the Arctic has resulted in a new body of work I refer to as the Phantom Hut series. This theme is a continuation of a long tradition in both Japan and the West that links Landscape with introversion and solitude. This ongoing project explores the phenomenon of detachment and simulation through integrating large-scale oil paintings, architectural and optical installations. This lecture maps the context and creative results of my attempt to present new approaches to the visualization of nature/landscape and interiority.

    About the Speaker:
    Robert Platt (b. London, England) has an MA (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, where he teaches painting.