The Future Tense in association with Londonewcastle Arts Programme is pleased to present ‘Wonderlust’ – the first major London solo show from award winning British artist Mark Andrew Webber.

Over 2 years in the making, Wonderlust sees the debut of a number of new and highly anticipated works as well as a unique opportunity for the public to actively participate in the printing of his most ambitious piece to date.

Best known for his much-aped typographic city maps, as well as a mastery of complex linocut techniques, Wonderlust will also explore the artist’s obsession with line and form, bringing together all 30 mini-studies from the FORM series for the first time. This installation will be complemented by several new large-format paintings on canvas, which bring the ideas behind FORM to a dizzying scale where the boundaries between pre-considered contours and auto-response drawing become blurred.

The centerpiece of the show is the unveiling of the brand new map of Berlin, which will be featured as part of a working print studio in the third and final room. Carved on a single 3.4 x 1.7m sheet of linoleum, it took an extraordinary 16 months to research, design and carve, and was conceived and completed in the full knowledge that there was no printing press in the world large enough to accommodate it.

Throughout the duration of Wonderlust, Webber and The Future Tense will work experimentally – with and without assistance – in an attempt to print and hand-finish a series of the Berlin map.

Over the course of the first and second weekends of the show, members of the public will also be invited to participate in collectively hand-burnishing an edition – a rare chance to not only see an artist at work but to actively get involved.

Mark Andrew Webber said, ‘I realised whilst developing the FORM series that a lot of my inspiration comes from uncertainty, or feeling lost. That for me can either be in the literal sense, such as wandering the streets of a new city to research my maps, or in the creation of a totally new work or process or series like the line drawings. Rather than fear, it gives me a sense of awe, and calms my thoughts down. With the completion of the Berlin map and FORM series, this show feels like a perfect time to pause and reflect, as well as to consider how to push my work in new directions.’

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