Best of Moniker & The Other Art Fair
In the creative world, Autumn is a time of new beginnings. With design fairs like Maison & Objet in Paris and London's 100 Percent Design showcasing the latest trends in September and Frieze London among the art shows in October, covering them all can be quite intense to say the least. With huge galleries, big name artists and designers with PR teams, there is a glamorous side to these creative gatherings... if not for the reality of bruised toes and aching feet (heels) and forgetting to feed and hydrate yourself amidst the sheer massiveness of some of these shows.
And then we got a dose London's Moniker Art Fair and The Other Art Fair... refreshing, rockn'roll and totally coocoo, just how we like it. They were the most democratic industry events we've been to; everyone was equal, from the up and coming wunderkinds to Creatives with more established names. These fairs are about supporting the artists and giving them a platform. Even after The Other Art Fair ends, they continue to support their artists with free seminars and lectures and helps connect them with galleries and buyers. And In terms of size, we felt like Goldilocks finally finding that right bowl of porridge. Big enough to need a break to recharge (both ways), but not enough to feel lost in an art overload.
The creative world is a tough, competitive place and it is becoming even mores. But Moniker and The Other Art Fair give deserving artists a chance to be discovered by a wider audience. Ourselves included. While we reunited with Mappers like Sara Pope, Dan Hillier and Kareem Rizk, Moniker and The Other Art Fair gave us the opportunity to connect with some truly talented and brilliantly batty Creatives turning out works of art the world should know about. The best of Moniker & The Other Art Fair...
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Kareem Rizk, Head 30x40 £340
Kareem Rizk, Mopeds
Kareem Rizk, Nude No.2
Kareem Rizk, Paximat
Kareem Rizk, Pink Bows 2m x 1m, £3490
Kareem Rizk, Pool
Kareem Rizk, Trike
Kareem Rizk, Vogue No.2
Kareem Rizk, Yellow Hat
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Blurring the line between hand crafted and digital collage, Saatchi artist Kareem Rizk is a modern day Picasso (during his synthetic cubist, newspaper cutting phase) inspired by 1950's nostalgia. The closer you look, the more you'll discover... Why does he scratch out the eyes of his pin-ups? Read our interview with Kareem.
Eyes are the windows to the soul, but the lips reveal something far more sinful. For artist Sara Pope, lips are glossy and emblazoned by neon tubes, and dripping in subverted notions of beauty, consumerism and advertising in today's celebrity obsessed world. Read our interview with Sara.
All Rights Reserved Photo © Dan Hillier
Dark, trippy, surreal, victorian gothic and dusted in gold. Each one of Mapper Dan Hillier's intricate sketches reveal strangely beautiful realms of fine art fantasy. Read our full interview with Dan Hillier.
All Rights Reserved Photo © Mark Powell
The London artist uses a canvas of vintage envelopes, maps, old documents and stamps as the canvas for his Air Mail series. While respecting the original paper, Powell manipulates the canvas with portraiture and sketches. A beautiful pursuit to preserve a bit of history in an increasingly digital world.
The Other Art Fair
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When I say pink, what do you think of? Barbies, flowers little girls? Brazilian artist Carolina Mizrahi is using pink colour blocking to investigate gender stereotypes and the representation of women in western society. By overwhelming the viewer with pink, she creates a sensory illusion that opens up a dialogue on such stereotypes.
"Normal things can look magical because of the colour"–Carolina Mizrahi
Cody's Moving Group
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A internationally renowned dancer explore the art of photographic portraiture and theatrical movement through the lens of his choreography. Hong Kong dancer Cody Choi is producing stunningly poetic portraits of dancers out of this world; a world without gravity, filled with vivid colours where the fluidity of movement rules supreme.
“Follow not only the movement but breathe with the dancers” is Cody’s approach to his dance photography.:–Cody Choi, Cody's Moving Group
“Cody’s dance photography is like, when you close your eyes you can still feel that it’s shaking and moving.”–Cody Choi, Cody's Moving Group
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Exploring the construction of identity through the deconstruction of the body. Artist Carl Grauer does anatomical grotesque at its best.
"It is the rendering a sense of the particular individual identity and presence that has been my preoccupation. To capture those singular moments when in a scene with the presence of a sitter while time seems to stand still yet pass so quickly is my bliss."–Carl Grauer
All Rights Reserved Photo © Graeme Messer
“Why do I make art? Is it a form of therapy, a way of working through and processing my difficult and traumatic past? Am I seeking love, applause and approval? Do I hope for fame, fortune and adulation? Or am I longing to connect with people through sharing my most private self?" These are the questions multi-disciplinary artist Graeme Messer asks in his about section of his website. And his creations probe a thousand answers. His work, at times dark, hilarious and delightedly shocking turns every day objects into strong statements and dialogue probing pieces by the artist's calculated intervention.
Claire Newman Williams
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British photographer and artist Claire Newman William worked as a portrait photographer in the United States. Known for her celebrity photographs, her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Advocate. In 2005, she returned to the UK and tapped into another part of her creative psyche. Uncovering alternative film processes with old cameras, Williams is blurring the line between photograph with found images and texts in her multi-media series that stirs up notions of nostalgia. (Above: Hand-made boxes that contain original photographic/collage images mounted in vintage glass slide casings.
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Smithson Gallery artist Jono Boyle reappropriates cultural debris. Debris like images, objects, lyrics, and other "cultural ephemera." His work is not the product of trends, but an examination of what trends are left behind.
"My work is quite playful but often laced with a lingering air of melancholy. Combining, removing or repeating the appropriated elements in a way that allows the viewer to question not what the object once was, but what it now represents and how this change can then be related back to their previous held views of the objects. Hopefully then prompting a fresh examination of our current clutch of culturally held beliefs."–Jono Boyle
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