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Karl Blossfeldt


Art Forms in Nature


13 May - 10 June 2017

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Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature is a Hayward Touring exhibition which presents an original portfolio of 40 photogravures from 1932, entitled ‘Wundergarten der Natur’, edited by the artist and published in the year of his death. The exhibition presents an opportunity to witness an exemplary set of Blossfedt’s signature close-up images of plants and flora.

Blossfeldt (1865-1932) is regarded as one of the defining photographers of the twentieth century for his exceptional contribution to the art through his intricate botanical photographs. During his career, which spanned over three decades and included 6,000 photographs, Blossfeldt developed homemade cameras and lenses which enabled him to magnify his subjects by up to 30 times. In doing so he captured the microcosmic aesthetic of his specimens and revealed the underlying structures of nature, which until then remained unexplored.

Blossfedt originally trained as a sculptor and his amateur interest in botany lead him to explore naturally occurring forms which to his artist eye had a sculptural quality. In 1928, he was convinced to publish portfolios of images which he had previously only used as teaching tools and as aides memoires for his sculptural practice. These portfolios were compiled under the over-arching title Urformen der Kunst (Artforms in Nature). The publication became an overnight sensation, praised by figures including philosophers Walter Benjamin, George Bataille and artist Maholy-Nagy for its commendable photographic technicality and for its objective portrayal of an ‘unknown universe’. His photographs also became highly celebrated among early modernists and Surrealists during the late 1920s. 

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All images part of 'Wundergarten der Natur', 1932
© Estate of Karl Blossfeldt
Courtesy of Hayward Touring

Street Jam Live 2017


Southampton Guildhall Square


13 May 2017, 10am - 5pm


FREE EVENT celebrating street art in the heart of the city, with graffiti, hip-hop, dance and live music.

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BONZAI, TOMASZ, KEV MUNDAY, MY DOG SIGHS, LATCHKEYKID, JINKS, RYAN KAI, DANCE from BREAKIN' CONVENTION with the Mayflower Theatre, SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY ART STUDENTS, SOCO MUSIC PROJECT, and many more

Showcase Gallery in collaboration with Mayflower Theatre brings back live street art this year with Street Jam Live 2017 – a free, open to all event in the heart of the city’s Cultural Quarters, celebrating street art.

This will be the third time Showcase Gallery takes over Southampton's Guildhall Square with visual artists and musicians ready to show off their skills to the public. But this year it will be bigger, as dance performances curated by the Mayflower Theatre will join in!

The artists will create new work throughout the day on large scale canvases of Perspex and board. Graffiti artists will create new pieces using cellograff - a technique developed in France in 2009, by Astro and Kanos, which involves using spray paints on a cellophane surface, creating a wall-free, legal, graffiti piece.

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To add to the street vibe, SOCO Music Project will be in residence with an open mic stage, hosting impromptu performances from local hip-hop artists and rhymers. SOCO Music Project is a local organisation that has been delivering engaging and inspirational music making activities since 2008.

The collaboration with the Mayflower Theatre brings performances developed by Breakin’ Convention, the international hip-hop theatre festival based in London .

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This is a great opportunity for all ages to come and see artists and musicians working live. There will be activities for all ages to join in and learn some skills, including:

  • Live music-making,
  • Kids chalk area,
  • Community stencil wall,
  • Open mic sessions.

It is all free and open to everyone!

Don’t forget to share your experience on the day, using the hashtag #streetjamlive. We’d love to see pictures and videos from you all!

Watch the videos from Street Jam 2014 and 2016

 

Image credits: Paul Watts

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