Edward Chell

Bloom book launch

2pm to 5pm
The Pavilion
Horniman Museum & Gardens, London
Saturday 14th November 2015

The book will be available to purchase from November 14th for £15.00 plus £2.99 postage and packaging within the UK. For international postage rates please email edwardchell@edwardchell.com


Bloom book launch

2pm to 5pm, Saturday 14th November 2015
The Pavilion, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Bloom is published by Horniman Museum and Gardens to accompany Edward Chell’s exhibition Bloom, installed in the museum’s Natural History Gallery until 6th December 2015.

Both exhibition and book take as their starting point the exquisite ‘sun prints’ made by Anna Atkins, the 19th-century pioneer photographer and natural historian. One of Atkin’s rare folios documenting British seaweeds forms part of the exhibition and is at the core of the publication.

The word ‘bloom’ conjures images of both extravagant floral beauty and toxic algal growth. The tensions between beauty and corruption, surfeit and depletion, discovery and loss inform both exhibition and book.

Bloom includes three essays. The first, by artist and writer Anna Ricciardi, pieces together a portrait of Atkins, a significant but relatively overlooked figure, and gives insights into the social milieu that enabled her to produce her cyanotypes. What drove Atkins to make these extraordinary works which are as much artistic expression as scientific record?

Edward Chell’s essay discusses cultures of collection and display, from the early Cabinets of Curiosities and 19th-century herbariums to the museums we inherit today and records of present day extinctions. Chell reflects on the layered narratives of plant collecting and its ecological implications.

Ecologist Hugh Warwick tracks the arrival of ‘alien’ plant species in Britain and questions the value judgements we make about such plants and their environmental impact. Whilst looking back to the Columbian Exchange and subsequent plant migrations, he asks what the genetically modified future holds. What happens when our botanical interventions go wrong and our best intentions undo themselves?

Artist Edward Chell
Authors Edward Chell, Tim Corum, Anna Ricciardi & Hugh Warwick
Editor Emma Brooker
Publisher Horniman Museum & Gardens
ISBN 987-1-903338-05-06
Format Hardback
Pages 96 pages
Illustrations 55 colour illustrations
Dimensions 245 x 170 mm
Publication date 14th November 2015

Edward Chell is represented by Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf and is Reader in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury. His recent publications include Soft Estate (the Bluecoat, 2014), Eclipse (Stour Valley Arts, 2013) and In the Company of Ghosts: the Poetics of the Motorway (erbacce-press, 2012).

For press enquiries and review copies contact Emma Brooker emma@chell2.orangehome.co.uk
or call 020 7732 5441

Horniman Museum and Gardens
100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ
020 8699 1872

Open daily 10.30am to 5.30pm


The book is now available to purchase for £15.00