a CONSTANT decade
McMaster Museum of Art
4 May – 19 August 2017
The Museum of Art proudly presents a “retrospective” of Liss Platt’s Constant photographic series and related videoworks that began in 2006 and terminated in 2016. Since the late 1990s Platt has made abstract works out of everyday gestures and objects that have resonance for her, but also a point of entry into conceptual concerns. Platt wrote:
“In Constant I continue engaging elements of the everyday, personal, and autobiographical in my art practice. The particular landscape represented here is a place I have been returning to and photographing for over ten years. The process of sustained observation, as well as the aggregation and manipulation of these images, transforms the familiar.”
“I am intrigued by the tension between what changes in the scene (nearly everything) and what stays the same (the floating raft moored in the bay). It is this raft, as well as my position on the shore, which remain constant. Ultimately, it becomes a stand-in for me as well as the viewer. The centering of the subject and the repetition align the series with the New Topographic movement and offer more commonplace, rather than sublime, renditions of nature.”
The nature of Platt’s work and manipulation varies; single images, grids, and composites.
About the Artist
Liss Platt is a mid-career media artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University. Her works have been shown nationally and internationally. She is also a co-member of the “Shake-n’-Make” project with Hamilton-based writer and maker Claudia B. Manley. Liss Platt is represented by MKG127 in Toronto.
MMA in the Community Event
Liss Platt – Artist’s Talk and Reception: Sunday, June 4 from 2 – 4 pm
at b Contemporary gallery, 226 James St North, Hamilton
Liss Platt’s formal presentation, centred on her Constant series, will begin at 2:30 pm. Join us, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
NEW! Watch the video of Liss Platt’s Talk
Image: Liss Platt, Constant: Vertical, 2012, C-Print, edition of 5, 2012. Courtesy of MKG127 in Toronto.
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About the McMaster Museum of Art
Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.
McMaster Museum of Art
Alvin A. Lee Building
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6