• Goddard, Best and Platz. FASST II 2015.

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The Finest Art Seminar Series Today (FASST II).

PanOptic Press | Little Tokyo Two | Happy Boy | SoFA.

Sunday 26 July 2015. 

The second seminar in our 2015 series featured two Brisbane based, internationally recognised, authors, academics, with one, a practicing artist. We felt privileged to introduce Professor Susan Best (Reparative Aesthetics) and Dr William Platz (Life Drawing, Yawning Zombies and the Dragan Ilic Affair), both keynote speakers from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. You can view Bill’s insightful presentation here.

Dr William Platz

Dr William Platz

Dr William Platz is an artist and writer whose research, teaching and practice concern life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing. He is also the co-convenor of the drawing research project Drawing International Brisbane (DIB), which brings together leading drawing scholars and practitioners from around the world to conference and exhibit on the current state of drawing practice, curatorship and theory. (1)

Life Drawing, Yawning Zombies and the Dragan Ilic Affair: This paper will ruminate over a few ongoing research projects as part of a longstanding inquiry into contemporary life drawing and the transactions that occur between artists and models. It draws upon recent studio practice and an investigation of Human Canvas — a 1979 performance at Brisbane’s College of Art by artist Dragan Ilic. The studio work blends the symbolic action of yawning with tropes associated with zombie narratives. A key point of reference for this work is an obscure and sinister drawing by Edgar Degas of a young woman yawning. The study of Human Canvas focuses on the transgressions of artist/model and professional/student boundaries and the retributive aftermath of the work. Yawning zombies and the Dragan Ilic affair will frame potentials for disrupting conventional life drawing methods. (2)

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Bill is also an active member of the International Neosymbolist Collective exhibiting in the United States, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Significant exhibitions include Symbol X which travelled from the United States to Denmark and onto the Czech Republic, and Bridges to the Unknown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (for which he also wrote the exhibition catalogue The Surface of Neosymbolism). (3)

Other recent projects include the International Drawing Annual (INDA8) chapter Drawing Live, the exhibition of contemporary Australian prints and drawings Body Politic in Philadelphia, curating the exhibition Drawing {a,b} in Brisbane, the article Posing zombies: life drawing, performance and technology in the Studio Research Journal, a collaboration with the Global Workshop for Arena Calcetto at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale (also installed in Sydney), and performance drawing in the international survey exhibition Drawn to Experience in Brisbane. (4)


Panoptic Press in association with SoFA, LT2, Happy Boy and Reach Media would like to extend our appreciation toward the following Brisbane based galleries, all of whom encouragingly supported this initiative by providing a selection of books, catalogues, bookmarks and cards, both for sale and gifts to be handed out on the Sunday of 26-7-2015, including:

The University of Queensland Art Museum: James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive , The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Q 4067.

Heiser Gallery: 90 Arthur Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane Q 4006.

Milani Gallery: 54 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Q 4102.

Griffith University Art Gallery: 226 Grey St, South Brisbane, Q 4101

QUT Art Museum: 2 George Street, Brisbane, Q 4000.

Queensland Centre for Photography: PO Box 5848, West End, Q 4101.

The Institute of Modern Art: Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Q 4006.

Jan Murphy Gallery: 486 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Q 4006.

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(1) Feel free to navigate to William Platz’s Griffith University staff page.

(2) Platz, William. Précis to Life Drawing, Yawning Zombies and the Dragan Ilic Affair, FASST II, 26-7-2015.

(3) Platz, William. The website. http://www.williamplatz.com

(4) Above n5.