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Andile Dyalvane, "Gaz’tyeketye" Hand-Coiled Terracotta Clay Sculpture


"Gaztyeketye" (‘non-genetically modified maize’ in isiXhosa) is part of the Idladla (‘grain silo’ in Xhosa) series, which pays tribute to the central role that maize cultivation plays in Xhosa culture. In rural Africa, a home is incomplete without an "idladla" (grain/maize storage structure). What completes the family, homestead and community are those life-sustaining activations of collective effort and restorative spirituality through land cultivation. Each piece in this deeply important and culturally resonant body of work pivots around these efforts and their meaning and memory. Preserving his Xhosa heritage is crucial to ceramicist Andile Dyalvane. He believes that rectifying language and meaning is key as the urban livelihood conflicts not only with land space but with psychological landscapes too. Idladla, says Dyalvane, ‘is a reminder of what we’ve lost but also of what can still be saved’. Gently rounded terracota forms, marked with precise incisions, hand imprints and motifs, follow a strong architectural impulse inspired by the parallels Dyalvane noticed in structures as distant from each other as upstate New York and Mali. An evolution of the angular vessels of his previous show, the work capture the artist’s visceral vernacular and continual experimentation. ‘Son of the soil’ Majolandile ‘Andile’ Dyalvane’s complex, large-scale ceramic artworks connect to his African heritage and bring cultural practices and beliefs into the contemporary design vernacular. Born in Qobo-Qobo, a small village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, he is one of South Africa’s most esteemed ceramicists. Dyalvane has earned residencies around the world and has exhibited and spoken about his work internationally. He was featured in a solo exhibition at leading collectible design gallery, Friedman Benda, in New York and was named in the Top 10 Contemporary Artists Working with Ceramics by Artsy. He is the co-founder of Imiso Ceramics in Cape Town and recipient of the 2015 Design Foundation Icon Award.


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    Andile Dyalvane (Artist)
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    H 37.41 in. x W 21.66 in. x D 21.66 in.H 95 cm x W 55 cm x D 55 cm
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    Capetown, ZA
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Southern Guild has spearheaded the high-end design category in Africa, propelling its artist-designers to make spirited, challenging and complex work. Its highly curated exhibitions have redefined global perceptions of African design and escalated its value on the international market. Since being founded in 2008 as the sole gallery representing locally made limited-edition design, Southern Guild has birthed a new category for artists and designers in South Africa. In 2011 it became the first African gallery to present at Design Miami, and in 2015 it was the first to be featured at Christie’s London’s annual design auction. The gallery shows regularly at Design Miami in Basel and the US, at Design Days Dubai and the Collective Design Fair in New York, resulting in sales to leading architects, top collectors and respected museums. It has had work from its collections included in Vitra Design Museum’s “Making Africa” exhibition and “Beauty–Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Against the backdrop of a design industry that is still fairly young, Southern Guild gives designers a platform to reimagine what is possible. Founders Trevyn and Julian McGowan are embedded in the South African cultural landscape and play integral roles in guiding, advising and mentoring designers.

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