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Luke Cornish – A Traveller in Wartime

Prize-winning Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K recently showed his exhibition of Syrian-inspired artworks, ‘Road to Damascus’ at Sydney art gallery Nanda/Hobbs Contemporary. For over a decade, Cornish has created artwork in the public eye that forces the viewer to reflect on their thoughts and actions and the impact their lives have on others.

Turning over the soil on perceptions of race, religion, conflict and the human condition, Cornish echoes the sentiments of American singer Bruce Springsteen, considering it his job as an artist to ‘observe and report’.

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Cornish extends his social commentary across borders and boundaries, with his work often taking him to the worlds most troubled and troubling places. In June 2016, Cornish traveled through Syria with Sydney’s Anglican Church Reverend Dave Smith, on his ‘Boxers for Peace’ mission. The life-changing journey brought him insights into the lives and stories of the people he encountered.

Despite the poverty and plight of the war-ravaged civilization, Cornish was able to experience first-hand the hope, generosity and defiant positivity of the people of Syria. Taking these reflections back and pouring them into his work, Cornish was then invited to return to Syria to exhibit the show at the Damascus Opera House.

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Set on returning to the country, Cornish set about collecting donations for art supplies in Australia for his work with the children of Syria, but in doing so, found he encountered issues with PayPal obstructing any contributions with the label ‘Syria’ or ‘Syrian’ attached. His visit to the area wasn’t without incident either, as he found himself arrested in the wrong area at gunpoint, without the correct papers for his visit. However, the experience has left him un-jaded as to the warmth and humanity of the ordinary people he met along the way.

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Experience Stendhal Syndrome With Katrin Fridriks @ Circleculture Gallery

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Stendhal Syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic condition caused by viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts, especially when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. With that in mind, Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks, named an entire series of works after this phenomenon, and finally, her current solo show @ Circle Culture gallery in Berlin. The landmark show opened on 21st of November and is one of her most significant projects to date by many accounts.

The significance of this event can be seen through the fact that this particular exhibition will be the core of Fridriks’ first monograph that’s gonna be released through Skira Publishing later this year. Focused on 13 years of creation & evolution of her distinctive style and technique, the book will be explaining and showing her work through pieces now showing in Berlin.

One of the main characteristics of Fridriks’ abstract paintings and conceptual installations are limitless ways of viewing the works. Her unique expressive technique that include thick layers of paint flowing and splattering over canvas, results in complex visuals that can be seen as a whole, but also, examined in almost limitless macro perspective. In order to present this sensation, the artist produced an interactive installation titled Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome vs. Gene&Ethics – Master Prism. Consisting of an over sized magnifying glass and a large canvas, this piece allows the observer to immerse into the artwork and experience it in a way that wasn’t possible before. This groundbreaking approach to presenting her work, secured Fridriks participation at the 56th Venice Biennale, so after closing of the show on 15th of February, this installation will be on view at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice.

Almost simultaneously, another piece from the show, Riding Awareness – Noble Eye-Catcher, will be shown at Reykjavik Art Museum as a part of a big group show titled Just painted (Contemporary Painting In Iceland). This historic exhibition will feature works by most important contemporary Icelandic artists, and Fridriks will be represented with this signature colorful installation, that is balancing between painting and sculptural work.

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Phil Frost solo show @ Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid

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Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid is currently showing a first European solo show by legendary New York-based painter Phil Frost. Intuitive Mathematics is an overview of most recent works constructed with his instantly recognizable aesthetics, and it refers to his creative process which is described as “intuitive perceptive portraiture”.

The layers of over saturated colors, flowing lines, and finally most recognizable, white mask-like shapes, are all key elements of his work. By multiplying these over and over again, using different techniques and mediums, Frost is creating eclectic patterns that spread over different surfaces, immune to physical or formal limitations. From papers or canvas to vintage suitcases, helmets, record sleeves, baseball bats and even plane bombs, his intuitive portraiture takes over any shapes or forms. This peculiar technique that evolved from his unique typography earned him a reputation of a leading contemporary artist even Frost had no formal artistic education. The complexity of his visual language allows each of his works to be seen as a compact art piece, but also, it gives the observer a chance to dissected it into infinite smaller, separate sections and images.
The show will stay on view all the way until 4th of February, so make sure you examine these complex works in person while visiting the Spanish capital.

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Everyday Fantasia

Our favourite squeaky pocket rocket, Hollie Black is taking the bluff and bravado out of street art and giving the outsiders a chance to get in on the game. From both sides of the fence, artists are invited to showcase their work, while young professionals from the Young Centenary Foundations support network are given the opportunity to buy their first pieces of artwork.

Everyday Fantasia is a group exhibition that features works by Aldous Massie, Alex Lehours, Andisk, Beastman, Bridge Stehli, Dale Bigeni, Daysone, Dboe, Deb, Edgarr, Faz, Gerald Leung, J’aime Fazackerley, Jo dee Knowles, Jumbo, Kalis Raw crew, ‘Hentai Rising’, Gerald Leung, KON, Nmbr19, Phil James, Pigeonboy, RJ Williams, Ronstoppable, Rotes, VarsOne, Skel, Simon Lovelace, Will Lynes and many more.

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