Natural Selection opens in Johannesburg



Southern Guild will open Natural Selection in Johannesburg on Thursday, 3 November during First Thursdays. Natural Selection is a curated exhibition featuring the work of South African designers who have found inspiration in nature for the work they produce – be it in the materials, patterns or intricate forms. This group show includes work by Adam Birch, Atang Tshikare & Art in the Forest, Babacar Niang, Bronze Age, Chuma Maweni, David Krynauw, Denny Mo, Driaan Claassen, Guideline MNF, Gregor Jenkin, Heino Schmitt, John Vogel, LeRoux Hofmeyr & Trevor Potter, Meyer von Wielligh, Nic Bladen, Pinda Design, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Vogel & Plunkett and Xandre Kriel.



Southern Guild & WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, Trumpet, 19 Keyes Avenue, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank, JHB.

Justine Mahoney’s solo show to open in October



Justine Mahoney will open her first solo show with Southern Guild, at our Cape Town gallery, on 14 October 2016 with Tainted, a series of 10 bronze sculptures with 10 corresponding collages.  Tainted presents a study of the jostling schizophrenia that exists between an apparent playful façade and a darker element which lurks beneath the surface.  Justine’s fascination with fantasy, child’s play and imagination, overlaid with the sinister realities of our society, make up the overarching theme in both Tainted, and her previous series, Innocence.  Each character is cast in bronze and handpainted by the artist, available as an edition of nine. The corresponding collages that appear in Tainted offer an inspired view into this world of pieced-together fantasy, with themes centered around Justine’s observations of gender, landscape, aspiration and oppression, many of which are an amalgamation of stories told to her by her stay-at-home nanny, Lizzy Maema, during her childhood.


‘As Justine’s confidence as an artist grows, her subject matter becomes more enticing and thought-provoking, reflecting South African culture in a dark mirror,’ says Southern Guild co-director Julian McGowan. ‘This exhibition takes you to a familiar but unsettling place – it is Malice in Wonderland.’


Tainted runs from 14 October to 18 November


New gallery space in Johannesburg



Art dealers Justin Rhodes and Ashleigh McLean and Southern Guild’s Trevyn and Julian McGowan have launched their dynamic new space in Rosebank’s Keyes Art Mile precinct.  The 300-square-metre contemporary exhibition space, in the StudioMAS designed Trumpet building, now open, heralds an intriguing partnership between leading contemporary art gallery WHATIFTHEWORLD, and Southern Guild, both firmly established in Cape Town. The new space will exhibit an innovative programme for the expansive gallery, which can be divided for focused presentations and interdisciplinary experimentations. Each gallery will maintain its distinct individual identity, while simultaneously provoking a new exchange between artists and designers and introducing a new creative dialogue. ‘We each have strong, unique viewpoints and a desire to change the status quo,’ Trevyn says of the two galleries, ‘this opportunity to combine our voices, to explore the intersection of art and design, promises results greater than the sum of our parts.’


There will be an independent calendar of programming, but for their inaugural show, the two galleries have purposefully curated a synergetic collection of work, a journey through tableaus that relate and reflect, and that present a strong narrative of their shared methodology – a collection that couldn’t exist anywhere else. The opening show presents work by Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo, Zimbawean sculptor Moffat Takadiwa and visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga alongside limited-edition furniture by leading African designers such as Cheick Diallo, Hamed Ouattara and the late Babacar Niang as well as South African heroes Gregor Jenkin, Porky Hefer and Dokter and Misses.



Johannesburg gallery details:

19 Keyes Avenue, Trumpet, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Opening times:
Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm


Image: Athi-Patra Ruga (tapestry), Cheick Diallo (chair), Jesse Ede (table), photographed by Adriaan Louw