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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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Reka’s New Murals @ Melbourne Polytechnic

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Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.

For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.

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Heerlen Murals – Photo Round-up – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven has been kind enough to share his coverage of Heerlen Murals, which has been organising a wide range of interventions, murals and activities from August to December 2016 in and around the centre of Heerlen, Netherlands.

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This year’s theme is called “There’s more than meets the eye” and it deals with the diversity and the ‘do-it-yourself’ mentality of the artform. The artist were challenged to produce work that have either a worldly or local context.

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The Hard Rock Stadium murals

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After turning Wynwood into a worldwide street art phenomenon, Goldman Global Arts recently wrapped up the first leg of another big project they are working on @ The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Bringing urban art to a new spaces, and giving artists the chance to share their work with a new audience, 18 new murals were created during the last couple of months while the stadium was re branded into a global entertainment venue.

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Pejac’s New Pieces in Rijeka, Croatia

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Spanish artist Pejac recently did a 2 weeks residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. During his stay in the city, he created 3 new public works, once again proving his creativity, technical diversity, and ability to visualize these unique concepts.

As per usual with the Barcelona-based artist, all the works created are done with different techniques, using different tools (not necessarily art tools), but still have that visual connection between them. Working with glass cuter, putty knife, iron brush, sand paper, brushes, acrylic and spraypaint, the new pieces include a wide range of recurring imagery such as deer, slingshot, flock of birds, safety ring, etc. Very poetic and easy to read the works carry deeper meanings and both personal and universal stories that Pejac kindly shared with us.

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Nuart 2016 Video Recap

Nuart team just released a nice video recap presenting what this year’s edition was all about. Showcasing the new murals, Post-Street Art indoor exhibition, as well as conferences, debates and behind the scene footage, it’s a nice reminder for those that attended the event and even better invitation for those that wanna visit the festival next year.

The video was shot and produced by Doug Gillen at Fifth Wall TV and features works by Add Fuel (PT), Axel Void (ES), Eron (IT), Evol (DE), Fintan Magee (AU), Henrik Uldalen (NO), Hyuro (AR), Jaune (BE), Jeff Gillette (US), KennardPhillipps (UK), MTO (FR), Nipper (NO), Robert Montgomery (UK) and SpY (ES).

Nuart 2016 “Post-Street Art” Group Show

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This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.

“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that.  So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting.  Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.

“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.

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Pastel Paints a New Mural in Greensboro, North Carolina, US

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Argentinian artist recently spent some time in Greensboro, North Carolina, creating a new signature mural. Using his floral images Pastel painted a large piece that is emphasized with lots of black negative space around it.

Covering a whole facade of a 3 story buildings, including its windows and other architectural elements, the main floral images is done using limited color palette. Known for aesthetics that evoke illustrations of scientific books, the artist usually paints plants that are growing locally, juxtaposing them against urban elements of the city.
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Tilt – Extractions

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We caught up with French artist TILT during his residency at Jardin Rouge in Marrakech, Morrocco, while he was creating his new series called ‘Extractions’ .

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“Extraction is not only about the graffiti’s sacralisation, it is about young people who did not want to stay in front of the T.V. , making nothing. We wanted to act in the street, to be part of the city by a simple gesture … To write our name, to show our existence. I want to tell the story of a generation.”  Continue Reading →