Linear: Anthropocene

By Jo Phillips

Walter - Nova Utopia (small) courtesy of TAG Fine ArtsStephen Walter, Nova Utopia, Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts

The works of Stephen Walter, best known for his detailed, hand-drawn maps can be seen this month at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch.

Walter - London Subterranea detail 2 courtesy of TAG Fine ArtsStephen Walter, London Subterranea, Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts

The artist’s solo exhibition curated by TAG Fine Arts showcases his drawings, prints and photographs from the last four years, including Walter’s famous series of maps and and interactive display of London Subterranea that was created with the help of Cogapp.

Although Walter’s works are inseparably linked to the linear and mathematical art of cartography, he tries to go beyond it while creating his maps and make them not only textually but also visually informative to his audience. Presenting the world overloaded with information, facts and data, Walter communicates with his viewers and encourages them to take his art subjectively.

Walter - The Island courtesy of TAG Fine ArtsStephen Walter, The Island, Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts

Amongst the works shown, there are The Island – a re-drawn map of London; as well as Nova Utopia illustrating how the artist imagines the island of Utopia to exist in present day, 500 years on from it was described in Thomas More’s book.

Walter - Nova Utopia detail 3 courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
Stephen Walter, Nova Utopia, Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts

The Anthropocene is on from 3rd till 26th of July at the Londonewcastle Project Space. For more information visit its website or Twitter.