Luke is an amazing artist whose work has moved from the street into the gallery and back again. I have been honoured to work with Luke before and have written about his ability to reflect society through his art (essay is here).
His latest work takes us into the city… how we can vanish… it is must see work… I hope you enjoy the essay…
Vanishing Point: an essay reflecting on the work of Luke Cornish
It is easy to vanish in a big city. I do not mean disappear or go missing, but be lost and anonymous amongst the flowing tides of people.
Cities have now become the place where most of humanity lives. In the middle of 2009, the number of people living in urban centres surpassed those that live in rural areas. Across the world, people are drawn towards cities: sometimes by choice, and sometimes because of displacement. This is a trend that resulted in the emergence of 34 megacities across the world: that is, metropolitan areas with a population in excess of ten million people. They can emerge as a single city expands or when two or more metropolitan areas converge.
How should we understand these trends?
For some, it is a source of despair as cities are seen as alienating, promoting a sense of isolation and exclusion. Despite living in an environment where we are surrounded by millions – and sometimes tens of millions – social commentators such as Robert Putnum1 argue that we have never been more alone and unable to experience meaningful social contact.