Delft | A Dutchmann & Spider Murphy Project

Delft

 

Dutchmann, founded by Gavin Rooke of Rooke Gallery, connects master craftsmen with contemporary designers and artists, creating collaborations that fuse craft-based practices with progressive ideas.

 

Their first project, Delft, is a collection of ten artworks created using the sleek, 1975 white Pipeline Gun, as shaped by Spider Murphy, as a base. The project was inspired by a meeting between Gavin and surfboard craftsman Spider Murphy in his shaping bay in Durban in February this year. Spider, a spritely 65 year old, who continues to shape new boards every day, introduced Gavin to the 1975 Pipeline Gun – a 7’10” monolith of craftsmanship and the surfboard that led Shaun Tomson to win the 1975 Hawaii Masters and reshape the future of surfing across the globe.

 

Ten artists and designers were invited to create artwork for ten new Pipeline Guns, based on the original 1975 model. Prompted by the pristine white form of the board and with a sly reference to Dutchmann’s name, the artists were asked to work within the theme of Delftware, the distinctive 16th Century Dutch style of pottery.

 

The boards are on show this week at the FNB Joburg Art fair.

 

The participating artists are:

 

Richard Hart
Michael MacGarry
Frances Goodman
Jonathan Barnbrook
Gustav Greffrath
Asha Zero
Olivier Schildt
Anton Kannemeyer
Givan Lötz
and
Roelof Van Wyk

 

Find out more about Delft and Dutchmann at www.dutchmann.co.za

 

Richard Hart
Richard Hart

 

Richard Hart is co-founder of the acclaimed, Durban-based design studio, Disturbance.

 

About the board:

 

I put my iTunes on shuffle, pressed play and painted the title of the first track that came on, as I was listening. Each title was painted in the time it took for the track to play from start to finish.

 

Michael McGarry
Michael MacGarry

 

Michael MacGarry is an artist and designer who lives and works in Cape Town. he was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art in 2010.

 

About the board:

 

I wanted to use the iconography of the colonial Delft period, when Europe was opening shops all over the world and when they were the most advanced in their seafaring technology – hence the silhouettes of the tall ships. This iconography is coupled with a late 70s, Southern Californian design aesthetic that is a nod to the golden era of surfing.

 

Frances Goodman
Frances Goodman

 

Frances Goodman is a South African artist who creates atmospheric and immersive sound pieces, photographs and sculptures.

 

About the board:

 

Looking at the other artists who were selected to contribute, it struck me that I needed to respond as a female artist. I wanted to make something that was going to stand out as being female, so that you would walk past it and say, “Oh, a woman made that one.”

 

Jonathan Barnbrook
Jonathan Barnbrook

 

Jonathan is one of the UK’s most sought-after graphic designers.

 

About the board:

 

We are all accustomed to identifying Delftware with The Netherlands and Dutch culture. However, the white and blue pottery originated in China and was imported to The Netherlands in the 16th century through colonial routes. Delftware underwent a further transformation as the once handcrafted, precious objects became mass-produced.

 

Manufacturers started using cheaper material and the famous style was applied to anything from decorative plates to toilet seats. The decline in the value of these objects is visualized in my design. It uses the visual language of promotional tags and discount stickers, commonly seen in supermarkets, to construct a slightly religious-looking pattern.

 

Gustav Greffrath
Gustav Greffrath

 

Gustav Greffrath is a graphic designer and creative director.

 

About the board:

 

We tend to overlook the craft that underlies objects, and focus on the veneer of their branding and marketing instead. My board attempts to expose this by bringing the attention back to the object.

 

Asha Zero
Asha Zero

 

Asha Zero is an artist based in Cape Town who make ‘collage-style’ paintings.

 

About the board:

 

A surfboard can be seen as an iconic, even mythical object due to its roots in a rich tradition of culture heroes, trickster-like figures and folklore. The ceremonial construction and decoration of a surfboard in traditional Polynesian cultural practice sets the stage for the surfboard to become an instrument in the development of a mythopoeic narrative.

 

Oliver Schildt
Olivier Schildt

 

Olivier Schildt is a graphic designer who lives and works between South Africa and France.

 

About the board:

 

I selectively amplified three visual patterns: the Nguni cow hide pattern on a Zulu shield, oceanic flows and cloud formations.

 

Anton Kannemeyer
Anton Kannemeyer

 

Anton Kannemeyer is an artist, illustrator and co-founder of the satirical South African comic book series, ‘Bitterkomix’.

 

About the board:

 

My work deals with the theme in response to a quote I found that described Delftware as “a means to relay contemporary stories of the time”.

 

Givan Lötz
Givan Lötz

 

Givan Lötz is a visual artist and musician who lives and works in Johannesburg.

 

About the board:

 

Much of original 16th century Delftware imagery involves ornate depictions of flowers, particularly tulips. My contribution, Bloom, absorbs this formally decorative approach, abstracting and transforming it into something ‘other’.

 

Roelof van Wyk
Roelof Van Wyk in collaboration with Ceramic Matters

 

Roelof Van Wyk is a visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. His contribution to Delft was produced in collaboration with Ceramic Matters.

 

About the board:

 

My greatest fear in life isn’t death. It is death by drowning.

 

Recreated in blue, in porcelain, in some kind of Delftian echo of a joke. An inverse cast plaster form is moulded and reversed in a porcelain cast of the shape. A triptych of symmetrical shapes come into being. Each carrying the DNA of the original form, expressing its structure as its decoration, blue as the deep sea on a clear day. But this board ain’t never gonna float. It’ll sink like a lead balloon, like a joke when you forgot the punchline, like a stone version of myself should I ever dare to try and carve, cowabunga or gun it.

 

Roelof van Wyk
Roelof van Wyk

 

One Comment

  1. Such an awesome project. Love it!