Pelicanus Iris, the Pelican. Image source: supplied.

After spending time abroad at the Grains of Paradise exhibition in New York and the Making Africa exhibition in Germany, Porky Hefer is finally undertaking his first solo exhibition in South Africa.

Porky Hefer was chosen to show three nests at the Grains of Paradise Exhibition at R&Co in Tribeca, New York. Image source: http://www.animal-farm.co.za/?p=329
Porky Hefer was chosen to show three nests at the Grains of Paradise Exhibition at R&Co in Tribeca, New York. Image sources: www.animal-farm.co.za

The Cape Town designer, whose pieces recently formed part of Christie’s London Design Auction, will be exhibiting at the Southern Guild Gallery, in Woodstock, from 20 November.

Dora Esca, the Anglerfish, forms part of the fantastical underwater animal-inspiral hanging seating. Image source: supplied.

The furniture items in the exhibition will appeal to a modern audience, however, they are created using local artisanal skills such as splicing, weaving and stitching. Porky Hefer is interested in showcasing South Africa’s many skilled craftsmen who are “using techniques not found anywhere else in the world”.

Porky’s work pushes boundaries and perceptions of what art and design are, and ultimately what furniture can be – Southern Guild Gallery co-founder, Julian McGowan.

Audiences of the exhibition can expect underwater animal-inspired hanging seating environments, that feature a crocodile covered in avocado leather and a pufferfish that is woven with Kooboo Cane, to name a few.

The crocodile addition to the Porky Hefer exhibition. Image source: supplied.
The crocodile addition to the Porky Hefer exhibition. Image source: supplied.
The Kooboo Cane puffer fish from the exhibition. Image source: supplied.
The Kooboo Cane pufferfish named Joyce. Image source: supplied.

Monstera Deliciosa, Volume I was made possible through the support of Woodhead’s, that has been at the forefront of the leather industry in Cape Town since 1867.

Leather work is making a great resurgence, and it’s wonderful to see this craft come back in a contemporary way – Richard Harris, owner of Woodhead’s.

Porky Hefer's Behd. Image source: supplied.
Porky Hefer’s Behd. Image source: supplied.

Porky Hefer’s exhibition runs from 20 November to 5 February at the Southern Guild Gallery. The gallery is located at 10 Lewin Street, Woodstock.

Southern Guild will be closed from 16 December, and will reopen on 6 January.


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