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‘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.

‘Your Kid Can’t Do This’ – aMBUSH Gallery

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Returning for the first time since 2010, international stencil art exhibition ‘Your Kid Can’t Do This’ launches at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Sydney on Friday 26 June from 6-9pm. The group exhibition is curated by Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K, who became the first street-based artist to be selected for inclusion in the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2012, and currently holds the record for creating the highest selling piece of street art in Australia.

YKCDT is the ultimate showcase of contemporary talent within the field of stencil artistry, featuring over 50 artists from 16 countries, including the Godfather of modern stencil art Blek Le Rat (France), Australian stencil art royalty Haha and Vexta, and Hugo Kaagman (Amsterdam), who is heralded as the ‘original pioneer of stencil art’. YKCDT also platforms the work of every winner of the Australian Stencil Art Prize from 2009-2014, leading stencillers from across Europe and America, and an assortment of emerging artists whose quieter reputations belie their exceptional talent.

E.L.K says, “Modern stencil art exploded on to the scene in Australia in the early 2000s, around the time of the American invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of artists with a message hit the streets and lane ways, using the quickest means of delivering that message: stencil. In the decade that has followed, the boom of street stencils scene has slowed down, but the evolution of the medium continues to progress to a near hyper-realistic aesthetic. The 2015 installment of YKCDT is set to be Australia’s most outstanding display of stencil art yet.”

Luke Cornish (E.L.K) x Will Coles – Into The Void

Two of Australia’s biggest hitters, Will Coles – best known for his subversive sculptures, and Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K – famed for his photo-realistic stencil work – have come together to create a new show of epic proportions.

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The show opens at Art Equity in Sydney on the 29th May and runs until the 13th June.

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E.L.K in the Woods

Archibald Prize nominee, Luke Cornish aka E.L.K, is the first stencil artist to be nominated for the award. Ever. We managed to get a quick interview with him in between his hectic schedule of newspaper interviews, TV appearances and flights between Sydney and Melbourne…

How have you found it since everything blew up?

Everyone wants a piece, it’s very flattering, but it’s very frustrating too.

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E.L.K – First Stencil Artist in the Archibald Prize

Australian stencil artist E.L.K has made it into the runnings for one of the countries most prestigious awards, the Archibald portrait prize.

E.L.K., aka Luke Cornish, has made the news with the first ever stencil art to be entered into the awards and is hotly tipped to be a finalist, watch this space…

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