Dr William Platz

Dr William Platz is an American-Australian artist, educator and writer appointed as a lecturer in Drawing and Art Theory. His responsibilities include teaching studio, art theory and research courses for undergraduates and postgraduates, supervising Honours and Research Higher Degree candidates.  His previous academic appointment was in the Fine Art department of the Southwest University of Visual Arts in New Mexico. 

Dr Platz is a member of the International Neosymbolist Collective exhibiting in the United States, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Significant exhibitions include the Symbol X exhibit which travelled from the United States to Denmark and the Czech Republic, Bridges to the Unknown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (for which he also wrote the exhibition catalogue ‘The Surface of Neosymbolism’), and the forthcoming Neosymbolist show at M2 in Houston. He is co-convenor of the drawing research project Drawing International Griffith (DIG). 2015 will mark the inaugural DIG symposium titled Drawing International Brisbane: ego, artifact, arena. The symposium will bring together leading drawing scholars and practitioners from Australia and around the world for a conference and exhibition focused on exploring the current state of drawing practice, curatorship and theory. 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); performance drawing in the international survey exhibition Drawn to Experience in Brisbane; and catalogue essays for Pat Hoffie’s show International Travel in Philadelphia and Elise Hilder’s show The Incomplete Dinosaur in Brisbane.

Dr Platz focuses his research on pedagogies of drawing, life drawing and portraiture with an underlying focus on the studio transactions that occur between artists and models. This research brings theatrical and performative frameworks into alignment with conventional frameworks of skilfulness, material processes and drawing artefacts. Through methods that include model collaboration, performance drawing, documentation and academic pretence, Dr Platz works to interrogate, reform and expand the understanding and teaching of life drawing and portraiture.

More details of Dr William Platz’s publications and research profile can be found on Griffith's Research Hub.


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