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Andile Dyalvane: ceramist extraordinaire

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Andile in his studio creating the pieces for his exhibition. Andile in his studio creating the pieces for his exhibition. Pictures by Justin Patrick

Cape Town ceramicist Andile Dyalvane, who is the most recent winner of South Africa's Southern Guild Design Foundation Icon Award, was first introduced to Friedman Benda Gallery in 2014, through Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Southern Guild, the collectible design gallery that has represented him since it was founded in 2008.

 Andile's first international solo exhibition, CAMAGU, opens at the renowned New York gallery in June this year. More than 20 unique pieces will be premiering at this monumental two-month-long show.

Friedman Benda,  which represents only the top global names in design, has now included Andile's name on its exclusive list of artists, having already shown several previous pieces of his work at Design Miami last year.

"Andile's voice is completely unique in the global design world," says Trevyn McGowan.

"The extraordinary techniques he has developed, both at home and through residencies in Denmark, France, California and Taipei,and his ability to work in such an oversized scale, something extremely rare in ceramics, offers an exceptional  complexity seldom witnessed in this medium, while still forming a narrative that remains true to his African identity."

"Andile is an artist with great scope and ambition to communicate beyond his own borders,"says Jennifer Olshin, a partner at Friedman Benda. 

"We know he will contribute to the global design dialogue and the gallery is excited to be on the journey with him.’

New pieces for the show include ceramic screens, lighting, shelving and overscaled vessels, with surface designs that  continue to reference the African scarification with which Andile’s work has become synonymous. 

Camagu, a Xhosa term referring to gratitude, which has become a much-used mantra for the humble designer, was an  obvious choice for the exhibition  title. 

"I’ve always wanted  to do a solo show, creating works I’d only ever dreamed of producing, and this show is it," Andile explains.

"It’s been  my chance to realise designs that would otherwise have remained in my sketchbooks. So camagu references my gratitude.’ 

Says Trevyn: "Friedman Benda is undisputedly one of the most important galleries in the world and the recognition that this  solo exhibition is affording Andile is remarkably significant for him as an artist and for the South African design industry as a whole."

Andile is the co-founder of Cape Townbased ceramics company Imiso Ceramics and believes that through working with this medium he's acknowledged his calling and found a way to practise it successfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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