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Group Show

24.11.16 - 13.03.17 Cape Town

Transformation explores the space that the collectible design gallery occupies between art and design, visionary expression and forthright purpose. Exhibiting newly commisioned work from 15 South African designers and artists, Transformation presents experimentation in material and scale, challenging the traditional understanding of where artwork ends and functional design begins.  ‘Does a sculpture become design if it offers a useful surface? Is a chair cast in bronze or carved in marble a sculpture?’ asks Julian McGowan. As curator of the exhibition, Julian challenged this select group to produce a piece that invites the audience to ask similar questions. ‘We are working in a sphere where function becomes disfunction, where location and dislocation exist side by side, and intention and disturbance converge,’ he explains.  As the contributors to South African collectible design explore the boundaries of this growing category, it is exhibitions like Transformation that define our participation in this global movement.  The exhibition includes work by Adam Birch, Chuma Maweni, Conrad Hicks, David Krynauw, Dokter and Misses, Guy du Toit, Jesse Ede, John Vogel, Madoda Fani, Otto Du Plessis, Sanell Aggenbach, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Trevor Potter and Xandre Kriel.