Andile Dyalvane sees the unveiling of his first solo exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery
in New York this week. Opening on Thursday, 23rd June, the exhibition runs for two months, and will showcase over 20 unique pieces by the South African ceramicist. Andile is a leading figure whose work is helping to shape contemporary South African design.
[Main image credit: Bird Vessel, 2015; Andile Dyalvane – Friedman Benda]
[Image credit: OoJola I, Clan Series, 2016; Andile Dyalvane – Friedman Benda]
Entitled ‘ Camagu’ which loosely translates from Xhosa to express gratitude along the lines of ‘I am grateful’ the exhibition will include a new body of work ranging from ceramic screens, lighting, shelving and the oversized vessels that Andile is known for, all decorated with his signature surface designs and patterns that reference traditional African scarification customs.
[Image credit: Andile Dyalvane, Camagu preparation – Southern Guild]
I’ve always wanted to do a solo show, creating works I’d only ever dreamed of producing, and this show is it… It’s been my chance to realise designs that would otherwise have remained in my sketchbooks. So camagu references my gratitude. – Andile Dyalvane
Andile, a co-founder of the dynamic Cape Town ceramic studio, Imiso Ceramics
, was introduced to Friedman Benda through Southern Guild
, a gallery specialising in collectible South African design, which is also in Cape Town and has been representing his work since 2008. Friedman Benda is one of the world’s leading design galleries and for Andile, exhibiting here is a great achievement, a recognition of growth in becoming an important contributor to global design and the development of innovative African ceramics, and in the process positively impacting the South African design industry, and indeed African design as a whole.