Mythical SA in New York

South Africa’s own 3d-printing designer, Michaella Janse van Vuuren’s work has taken pride of place in a group exhibition in New York, at the R20th Century gallery until 12 January 2013.

Entitled The Objects Show, this is the third annual group exhibition of intimately scaled, new and vintage works by international designers. Curated by R20th Century’s principals, Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers, the exhibition is a culmination of many years collecting works while travelling the world.

The end result includes work from Brazil, Germany, Korea, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States, ranging from jewellery, vessels, objects for the home and toys, to small furniture, ceramics and sculptural works. Much of the objects defy classification but all portray elegance or whimsy and exemplary craftsmanship. When viewed together, the objects illustrate ideas about the creative process, inspiration and how many of the artists and designers draw from the vernacular of their origin’s design history and craftsmanship.

Straddling the realms of sculpture and design, Michaellaʼs mythical creatures are hand-drawn and then produced one at a time by exploring the possibilities of 3D-printing and rapid prototyping. The mythical forms are inspired by her African context and personal imaginings. Featuring an intricate mechanical functioning, the work takes the notion of making dreams real to a whole new level.

Says Zesty: “This exhibition looks at global design’s cross pollination of ideas, inspirations and processes, and offers a broad view of how and why people create objects.”

R20th Century gallery

Michaella Janse van Vuuren