The title of the newest exhibition at the Londonewcastle Project Space, Anthropocene, refers to the current geological age, a period of time during which human behaviour is the dominant impact on the environment and the climate. Running 3 – 26 July, Stephen Walter’s solo show is an exhibition of drawings, photographs and prints produced within the last four years (including his iconic London maps). There will also be an interactive digital display of his London Subterranea, developed in collaboration with Cogapp.
Walter is best known for his detailed hand-drawn maps, in particular, The Island and the associated London Series (2008), and London Subterranea (2012). However, cartography is in fact just one aspect his practice, which is largely informed by his knowledge of Romantic landscape traditions, the concept of utopia (and dystopia), and contemporary culture’s obsession with symbols and logos.
Presented by TAG Fine Arts, the works in Anthropocene capture the artist’s use of visual and textual information, demonstrating how he builds up layers of communication in one space. The layered pieces reflect the complexity of his subjects, as we ll as the subjectivity of his response. Walter’s practice also explores the ability of the artist, working with traditional landscape, cartography and drawing techniques, to communicate a world which is drowning information, constantly expanding and transforming.
Stephen Walter: Anthropocene, 3 – 26 July, Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP.