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For Syria’s Children – presented by ELK and Emma Zoller

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Formed in mid-2017 by international artist ELK (Luke Cornish) and Emma Zoller, For Syria’s Children (FSC) is an Australian fundraising project aiming to provide financial assistance to young Syrians that have been tragically affected by the relentless Syrian civil war.

FSC’s sole objective is to raise vital financial aid that will be directly provided to a number of local (on the ground) Syrian organisations that are in desperate need of supplies for basic amenities in orphanages, medical facilities and schools.

For Syria’s Children [FSC] is hosting a sale and auction of urban art to assist the Children of Syria.

All of the participants have generously donated a signature piece of their work for the exhibition, with all artworks availablefor purchase prior to the exhibition here.

The remaining pieces will be available through silent auction at the event’s official closing. The show features an extensive list of Australia’s most respected urban artists including Adnate, Anthony Lister, Rone, ELK, HA-HA and more.

FSC believes in providing absolute transparency as to how donations will be used.
There will be minimal fees involved for the fundraising event and for the provisions for the nominated FSC representativesto travel to and from Syria to deliver the financial aid. There will be no other major administrative costs, allowing for a large percentage of all donations to be delivered directly to Syria’s most vulnerable.

Silent Auction and Official Party: Thursday 28 Sept at Besser Space Gallery, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood.

‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ – Luke Cornish (ELK)

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For many years, Cornish has challenged himself and others with his art. Often confronting and always compelling, he never ceases to spark conversations around race, religion, conflict and the human condition,. His work sees him travel to some of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world. The artists most recent trip abroad was a venture to Syria. In one of the artists most significant bodies of work to date, ‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ intends to:

‘Put a human face on the effects of this war and raise awareness for the people caught in the middle of this conflict…It’s these people I want to support, the ones that left and the ones that have stayed…the ones that have no say in how their government fights this war, the ones who have no say in the sanctions that are crippling their lives and the ones who have no say in foreign invaders bent on destroying their secular society; the everyday people just trying to get by.’ – Luke Cornish

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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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Luke Cornish (ELK) – ‘Vanishing Point’

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Opening this Thursday, 21st of April, at Sydney’s prestigious nanda\hobbs gallery, issue 33 featured artist Luke Cornish aka ELK presents “Vanishing Point”, an exhibition of new works.

Drawing inspiration from travel to over twenty countries within two years, ELK takes the medium of stencil art to a new level. This body of work incorporates over 800 hand cut layers and 200 colours (per piece) into the works, taking up to two months of solitary confinement to bring them into being.

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VNA 33 – Out Now!

VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33

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For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.

Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.

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Luke Cornish (E.L.K) – ‘Concrete Jungle’

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Acclaimed Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K) returns to Metro Gallery with a new series of works.

‘Concrete Jungle’ is a result of Luke’s extensive travels overseas. Having visited over twenty countries in just two years, these works reflect in striking detail various urban scenes stretching from New York to Hong Kong.

Each painting features up to 800 painstakingly hand-cut layers and 200 colours – an endeavour that demanded almost two months of solitary confinement.

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‘Concrete Jungle’ presents us with questions surrounding the human condition within the built environment, where increased social connectivity within daily life exists simultaneously alongside an escalating human disconnect.

Luke is fast becoming a decorated artist – he was the first ever street-based artist to be nominated for the Archibald Prize in 2012, was a finalist in the 2013 Sulman prize, was awarded the Churchill Fellowship for Visual Art in 2013 and has had work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra amongst many other significant achievements.

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He has been a key figure in raising the profile of stencil art both within Australia and internationally. Those who view ‘Concrete Jungle’ can truly see why.

The show will be on exhibition at Metro Gallery from 2nd March to 31st March 2016. Opening night Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 6.30 – 8.30pm will be opened by Cornish’s close friend and subject of his 2012 Archibald finalist portrait, Father Bob Maguire with the first 100 punters through the door receiving a limited edition original stencil print.

Unwell Bunny – ‘Subtuition’ – Interview

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Damo: Who is Unwell Bunny? Can you talk us through your distinctive style?

UB: Unwell Bunny is the artistic alter ego of Ed Bechervaise, and an energetic free flowing artistic philosophy which is always evolving. The style I’d describe as hyper subversive urban pop, its a fluid clash of borrowed images, graffiti, and emotional narrative. Its full of energy and iconography and is a commentary on the time we live in.

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