Transformation explores the space that the collectible design gallery occupies between art and design, visionary expression and forthright purpose. Exhibiting newly commissioned work from 15 South African designers and artists, the show 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 Southern Guild co-founder Julian McGowan. As curator of the exhibition, Julian has challenged this select group to produce pieces that invite the audience to ask similar questions. “We are working in a sphere where function becomes dysfunction, where location and dislocation exist side by side, and intention and disturbance converge,” he explains.