Southern Guild makes its debut at PAD London, the city’s leading fair for 20th-century art, design and decorative arts, at Berkeley Square from 30 September to 6 October 2019.
For PAD London, Southern Guild has selected both established and emerging designers working in furniture, lighting, ceramics and sculpture. The gallery’s booth highlights multiple product launches, including many pieces made especially for the fair.
Southern Guild exhibits a new leather-clad seating pod by Porky Hefer, a large-scale ceramic sculpture by Zizipho Poswa (whose work has just been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and a bronze sculpture by Justine Mahoney – none of which will have seen before. Master ceramicist Andile Dyalvane exhibits selected works from his iindonga collection, produced during his recent artist residency at the legendary Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall in the UK.
The booth also features new sculptural wall reliefs made by up-and-coming artist Chris Soal using found objects and a rich tapestry artwork by contemporary artist Athi-Patra Ruga, one of South Africa’s most compelling contemporary artists. Ruga most recently had work included in Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre (until 8 September), for which he transformed the windows of Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Hayward Gallery foyer and the Belvedere Road Billboard with images featuring a range of his avatars. Last October, he held his first major solo in the UK – Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House.
Other highlights of Southern Guild’s booth at PAD London include the Toolmaker’s Server from artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks’ solo show Implement, two ocean-inspired works from Kenyan sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski’s In the Absence of Light, which will have just completed its run at Southern Guild’s gallery in Cape Town. In addition, the stand will exhibit Atang Tshikare’s Leng Kapa Leng and Yang Kapa Yang bronze seats inspired by Ndebele mythology, acclaimed fashion designer Rich Mnisi’s Nwa-Mulamula chaise inspired by the memory of his late great-grandmother, the Isibheqe server from Dokter and Misses’ acclaimed Kassena series, multiple bronze works by renowned sculptor Dylan Lewis and hand-thrown ceramic stools by Chuma Maweni.