Colour Field, a new group exhibition by local artists and creatives, has opened at Cape Town-based gallery, Southern Guild.

This group exhibition will premier bold new work by designers such as Tonic Design, Zizipho Poswa, Xavier Clarisse and Ronel Jordaan, whose approach to colour is immersive and transformative. Working in a wide variety of materials – including glass, aluminium, wood, clay, fabric and leather – the designers explore the interplay of colour with light, texture and materiality in contemporary furniture, lighting, ceramics and textiles. Also featuring are Atang Tshikare, Ceramic Matters, Houtlander, Jesse Ede, John Murray and Laurie Wiid van Heerden. The exhibition will also include some relative newcomers to South African collectible design, such as fashion designer and weaver Nicholas Coutts, industrial designer August de Wet and jewellery designer Eric Loubser (who both participated in A New Wave at Southern Guild in 2016).

Additionally, there will be an exhibition of ceramics at GUILD Store featuring Ben Orkin, Carin Dorrington and Clementina van der Walt.

The exhibition draws inspiration from the Colour Field painters of the 1950s and 60s, such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella. Their paintings featured large planes or bands of colour that enveloped the viewer, abandon­ing form and figuration to evoke pure emotion. For the first time in abstract painting figure and ground became one, with the space of the picture – conceived as a “field” – seeming to spread out beyond the edges of the canvas.

Colour Field opened last week, on the 19th of July, at Southern Guild in Cape Town’s Silo District and will run until the 12th of September 2018.

Photography by Kate McCluckie.