9 September - 13 November 2016
single channel video, color, sound
Blurring the distinction between high and low, Platter’s video work U-SAVED-ME appropriates, references, and filters, in a highly personal and idiosyncratic way, the enormous amounts of information available to us today. U-SAVED-ME draws on sources as disparate as Oreos, R. Kelly, fast food, historical South African artists and Arts and Crafts movements, LSD, landscape, Deepak Chopra, poetry, interracial pornography, cheese curls, advertising, therapy, psycho-collage, psycho-meditation, and consumerism.
HD video, 16mm color film, VHS, sound transferred to HD, 41 minutes
As an asteroid approaches earth, a stranger sits alone in a room while aliens playfully wander about in the backyard. In Richmond's video, Rendezvous (2016), images of an elusive extraterrestrial lost in Los Angeles intermingle with scenes of pastoral tranquility and danger in a potent yet whimsical commentary on extra-terrestrials, love, and the vast unknown. With references ranging from Stapledon to Kant to Beethoven plus a wide array of film history allusions, Richmond dips his toe into the primordial slime of science fiction to feel for the bottom. As he immerses the viewer into this disorienting swirl, the interplay of images and sounds probe the fourth wall and make the everyday surreal while baking in the California sun.