"Woman drives dead mother 1,500 miles"
Kurt Webb, "Woman drives dead mother 1,500 miles," 2001, woodcut, 8" x 10".
KURT WEBB, A News Millennium: A Year in Pictures
The Martha Street Studios, Winnipeg
Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2005
By Janice Rosen
A News Millennium: A Year in Pictures presents US artist Kurt Webb’s woodblock prints. The prints commemorate weird and disturbing international news stories, collected one a day between January 1 and September 11, 2001. Webb’s graphic print series repels the viewer with its focus on bizarre or terrible true stories, yet it engages its audience through bold graphics, cynicism and satire. About his imagery, the artist says, “Three 20th-century thematic graphic genres closely relate to my printmaking... the dance of death, stories without words, and social commentary.” Webb draws parallels between his woodblock and ceramic work, saying, “Both are labour intensive, and both require endless research to bring my ideas to fruition.” Webb received a BS and BFA from Illinois State University, as well as an MFA in Ceramics from Illinois State and a Masters of Education in Story Arts from East Tennessee State University. In an effort to exhibit to a wider audience, he often shows in non-profit spaces. Kurt Webb’s work is found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Library of Australia, Canberra; and the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.