Where in the World City Maps Linocut series
46.81'' x 33.11''
I chose Mark Webber's linocut print of London because of the new spin he put on a traditional style of printing. The dexterity and skill he shows in rendering type into an image (a map of London) is impressive. Each of the parts forms to create a cohesive whole. He faithfully renders line weight of the different font styles yet varies his choices to heighten contrast, keeping the design from becoming too boring. Flipping various sections also creates movement and helps guide your eye around the image. His use of color is interesting here, most times I've seen the print inked only in one color, and I am unclear why one section is in red. However, it remains effective to draw your eye to the center of the image.
In researching linocut block prints, the subject matter is usually fairly traditional: scenes from nature, urban landscapes, rough figures, yet this style and manner of printing is refreshing to see. It is also heartening to see an artist take on expressive typography in this way in this media, as it is very hard to pull off well, especially since each letter has to be carved backwards.