Porky Hefer’s works have become a well-loved fixture on the global design circuit. At the end of August, these playful and immersive nest environments will return from the world stage to join new works for his first solo show in Johannesburg.
The human scale nests and living pods are both fantasy world and furniture – beautifully crafted, functional but alive somehow and evocative of childhood and wildness. ‘Porky is a designer who makes art’, says Southern Guild co-founder Julian McGowan. ‘The apparent playfulness of the work belies the depth of thinking.’
Recurring themes are the loss of instinct, humanity’s preoccupation with received wisdom and the lessons implicit in the natural world. By engaging with these works – climbing into ‘Shell’ or perching on ‘Leopard Branch’, for example – audiences are returned to a child-like state, awake to instinct and immediate perception.
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