Anthropocene: Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as a period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
[Oxford Dictionary, 2012]
“The new wildernesses on our planet, waiting to be explored, are information, knowledge, history and time. These are altering our relationship with the physical world and the old traditional landmarks.” (Stephen Walter)
TAG Fine Arts is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Stephen Walter’s artwork. The exhibition will showcase Walter’s drawings, photographs and prints from the last four years (including his iconic London maps), as well as incorporating an interactive digital display of ‘London Subterranea’ in collaboration with Cogapp.
Stephen Walter is best known for his intricate hand-drawn maps, including ‘The Island’ and the associated ‘London Series’ (2008) and ‘London Subterranea’ (2012), but the artist also experiments with real and imaginary landscapes, utopias and dystopias, and the familiar signs and symbols that contemporary civilisation has amassed around itself.
Walter’s works are presented as tangled webs of communication, combining text and image to create compellingly dense and subjective impressions of his subjects. Walter’s work questions the role of the artist and traditional landscape, cartography and drawing techniques in a world saturated with information which is constantly expanding, changing and reorganising.
“My maps are a critique and a celebration of place, and the stories, histories and perceptions that inhabit them: I act as an editor or a filter through which the information is laid down.” (Stephen Walter)
About the Artist
Studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University (first class) and completed an MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London. His major project ‘The Island: London Series’ was published by TAG Fine Arts in 2008 and has received sustained critical acclaim. In 2010 he was one of just two living artists to be included in ‘Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art’ at the British Library, and in 2012 he was commissioned by the London Transport Museum to create ‘London Subterranea’ for their major group exhibition ‘Mind the Map.’
Walter’s work has been acquired for the Government Art Collection, and has toured to venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art. www.stephenwalter.co.uk
TAG Fine Arts
TAG Fine Arts is an art dealers and publishers based in Islington. On top of Stephen Walter’s ‘The Island – London Series’ they have overseen major publishing projects including Rob Ryan’s series of screen prints for his solo exhibition ‘The Stars Shine All Day Too’ (November 2010); Robin Duttson’s ‘The Apple Tree’ (2011); and Tobias Till’s ‘London A-Z’ collection of linocut prints (2012). They operate an ambitious programme of events including art fairs, curated exhibitions, and collaborations with major institutions in the design. www.tagfinearts.com