29.10.2020 - 04.12.2020
Cape Town
All the pieces in this show have been made during lockdown, sometimes under difficult or restricted circumstances that saw the artists move into their studios or set up makeshift workspaces at home.

Southern Guild presents Solace, a group show launching all new work by more than 20 of its artists, opening on Thursday, 29 October 2020 (until 4 December). This is the gallery’s first physical exhibition since the nationwide lockdown was implemented, following its reopening in early October.

For Solace, Southern Guild invited its artists to create a stand-alone work inspired by this unprecedented period in our history, or to contemplate a new beginning or direction for a body of work. All the pieces in this show have been made during lockdown, sometimes under difficult or restricted circumstances that saw the artists move into their studios or set up makeshift workspaces at home.

The challenges presented an opportunity to rethink their approach, work on a different scale or experiment with new materials. For many this has been a formative time of focus and concentration, propelling their practice forwards in unexpected ways. Despite the fear and fragility that many face, the pandemic has also been a crucible of creativity.

For Solace, sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski veered away from his usual material of bronze to design an intriguing 3D-printed chair resembling a piece of washed up red coral. Artist-blacksmith  Conrad Hicks has hand-forged a copper sculpture containing a light source that is both innovative and primal in its design, while master furniture-maker Gregor Jenkin has ventured into wall-based sculpture. Figurative sculptor Justine Mahoney has opted to reveal the inner working of her process with a work in ceramic (a precursor to being cast in bronze), while Xavier Clarisse  has hand-crafted a honeycomb-like chandelier featuring a complex interplay of light and shadow.

Assemblage artist and sculptor Philippe Bousquet has crafted a throne-like chair constructed from existing sculptures, abstract artworks, precious stones, and a myriad found objects and treasures that he has collected over the years. A coherent, self-contained piece as well as a complete exhibition in itself, it envelops the sitter like an exoskeleton or “exospirit”. Bousquet’s throne is a poignant statement of loss and perseverance, a tribute to the indomitable human spirit of creativity.

Adam Birch
Virus

Pin Oak
220 x 177 x 45 cm
One-off

Adam Birch
Virus

Pin Oak
220 x 177 x 45 cm
One-off

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Andile Dyalvane
Inkxaso (Support)

Terracotta clay
30 x 30 x 30 cm
One-off

Andile Dyalvane
Inkxaso (Support)

Terracotta clay
30 x 30 x 30 cm
One-off

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Andile Dyalvane
Zibone (See Yourself)

Terracotta clay
40 x 28 x 28 cm
One-off

Andile Dyalvane
Zibone (See Yourself)

Terracotta clay
40 x 28 x 28 cm
One-off

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Andile Dyalvane
Zingce (Pride in Yourself)

Terracotta clay
30 x 30 x 25 cm
One-off

Andile Dyalvane
Zingce (Pride in Yourself)

Terracotta clay
30 x 30 x 25 cm
One-off

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Andile Dyalvane
Phumla

Terracotta clay
30 x 27 x 33 cm
One-off

Andile Dyalvane
Phumla

Terracotta clay
30 x 27 x 33 cm
One-off

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Nesting Tables

Bronze
Small: 48 x 36 x 45 cm
Medium: 50 x 38 x 52.5 cm
Large: 52 x 38 x 60 cm
Edition of 15

Charles Haupt
Num Num Nesting Tables

Bronze
Small: 48 x 36 x 45 cm
Medium: 50 x 38 x 52.5 cm
Large: 52 x 38 x 60 cm
Edition of 15

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Dining Table II

Bronze and 12mm glass top
152 x 154 x 75 cm
Edition of 15

Charles Haupt
Num Num Dining Table II

Bronze and 12mm glass top
152 x 154 x 75 cm
Edition of 15

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Coffee Table Joined (Hexagonal Glass)

Bronze and 12mm glass top
175 x 130 x 45 cm
Edition of 10

Charles Haupt
Num Num Coffee Table Joined (Hexagonal Glass)

Bronze and 12mm glass top
175 x 130 x 45 cm
Edition of 10

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Chuma Maweni
Ibhunga Table (Council)

Hand carved walnut
310 x 110 x 76 cm
Unique

Chuma Maweni
Ibhunga Table (Council)

Hand carved walnut
310 x 110 x 76 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
The Truth

Copper
64 x 60 x 190 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
The Truth

Copper
64 x 60 x 190 cm
Unique

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Driaan Claassen
Wooden Cuboid.003

Burnt camphor
9 x 11 x 15 cm
One-off

Driaan Claassen
Wooden Cuboid.003

Burnt camphor
9 x 11 x 15 cm
One-off

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Driaan Claassen
Wooden Cuboid.004

Burnt camphor
12 x 12 x 73 cm
One-off

Driaan Claassen
Wooden Cuboid.004

Burnt camphor
12 x 12 x 73 cm
One-off

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