Andile Dyalvane is one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. His new show, Idlala, follows a premier in New York with the solo Camagu at the Friedman Benda gallery and will open at Southern Guild Silo to coincide with the highly anticipated opening of Zeitz MOCAA – Africa’s first contemporary art museum.
Idladla is a study and exploration of scope, scale and texture. Gently rounded terracota forms, marked with precise incisions, hand imprints and motifs, follow a strong architectural impulse inspired by the parallels Dyalvane noticed in structures as distant from each other as upstate New York and Mali. An evolution of the angular vessels of his previous show, the works capture the artist’s visceral vernacular and continual experimentation. Each piece pivots around Dyalvane’s central values of cultural preservation and gratitude. Idladla is a ‘reminder of what we’ve lost but also of what can still be saved,’ he says.Artists Page