Atang Tshikare draws 10 years of Southern Guild onto the BMW X4
For Southern Guild’s 10th anniversary show, SGX, the gallery partnered with BMW to create a one-of-a-kind timeline on the new BMW X4. They invited artist Atang Tshikare to create a hand-drawn artwork directly onto the body of the car using his characteristic graffiti-inspired line drawings.
Tshikare captured milestone moments from Southern Guild’s history, including the most iconic designs the gallery has launched over the years – including Justine Mahoney’s Heroine sculpture, David Krynauw’s Haywire chandelier, Gregor Jenkin’s Migrant/Migrate series, Otto du Plessis’ Gorilla cabinet and John Vogel’s Loves Me Loves Me Not table – as well as the logos of all the major international design fairs the gallery has participated in.
It is the largest single object Tshikare has ever illustrated and took him seven days to complete – the final section of which was done live at the gallery’s SGX opening party.
The artist is well-known for his geometric line and point drawings, which he calls “graphitecture”. He has drawn onto surfboards, sneakers, bicycles, furniture, wallpaper and clothing, and collaborated with brands such as Adidas Originals, Nando’s, Puma and Plascon. Tshikare’s bold, dynamic drawing style is the perfect match for the progressive design and coupe-like contours of the BMW X4.
The car will be on display outside Southern Guild gallery in the Silo District for the remainder of the year and then at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival from 4-5 January 2019.