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Summer in the Square // David Batchelor: P-A-R-A-D-E

30 July 2017 - 03 September 2017

For Summer in the Square, acclaimed British artist and writer David Batchelor has created P-A-R-A-D-E for Southampton – a series of vibrant lamppost banners that run the length of Above Bar Street in the city centre.

For over twenty five years David Batchelor’s work has been concerned with colour, its place in the modern city, in abstract art, and in our imagination. During that time he has made many two-and three-dimensional works based on a silhouetted abstract form surrounded vivid glowing colours, a combination of darkness and illumination that for him is central to the experience of colour in the city.
For P-A-R-A-D-E, Batchelor has designed ten new silhouette forms, each of which sits on a different coloured ground. Each form is abstracted from a group of sculptures made for his recent exhibition at Matt’s Gallery in London. In P-A-R-A-D-E, each form is used twice: as a black form on a coloured ground and as a coloured form on a black ground. They have been made into banners and are presented together as multi-coloured abstract figures, a parade of different colours and different shapes, an irregular family of regular forms.

The banners will appear on 17 lamppost banners on Above Bar Street leading into Guildhall Square and outside John Hansard Gallery's future home at Studio 144. The banners will be on display from Sunday 30 July 2017.
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