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Trash is a constant element in the artwork by Cameron Platter, which is being displayed during “The Message Is The Message” at Warin Lab Contempora­ry, until Nov 18.

This is the first solo show in Thailand by the South African artist who encourages viewers to dig deeper into the multilayer­ed concept of trash in an installati­on of pencil-on-paper drawings and sculptures that portray it as a metaphor for our society’s debris.

In his eyes, trash is the garbage of conformist common sense. It represents the way people become addicted to a Netflix series to the point where they neglect to realise that the worst inhumaniti­es are flowing in the background of life.

It is also compared to the aberration of evil that wanders the Earth — be it excess, consumptio­n, mutations, mass hysteria, plasticise­rs, cancers, toxic waste; as well as the maximalist disposable-culture of fast food, fast money, fake news, greed and crumbling latestage capitalism.

Hanging on the brightly painted gallery walls are large-scale drawings featuring different subject matters including two crocodiles’ outlines overlappin­g against a bricked wall, shrimps fluctuated with martini drinks and black cats, and an image of a fish.

Scattered in front of the drawings that look more like items on a fastfood menu are carved wooden copies of plastic stools that invite viewers to engage in the exhibition that represents an experience, rather than simply a collection of different works.

Warin Lab Contempora­ry is located at O.P. Garden, Charoen Krung 36 and opens Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 7.30pm.

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