Moniker Art Fair/ The Other Art Fair 2014

On Thursday night I was invited to the private view of this year’s Moniker Art Fair and The Other Art Fair. After work I made my way to The Old Truman Brewery and it was buzzing – it was so busy! I couldn’t stay for long but what I did see was great and made me want to go back again at the weekend when I had more time (and space) to look. So with my photographer on hand (Jack) I popped back to explore further:

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Moniker Art Fair is all about celebrating contemporary art: from illustration and graffiti to collage and 3D pieces, there was so much variety! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to pick a favourite piece, but here a few things that caught my eye:

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Jack (a Lego lover) appreciated Ego Leonard‘s oversized Lego figures

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Living life on the edge… I put my head in a box (there’s an animation playing inside it) and walked into a crimescene…

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These striking grenades made from money by Justine Smith caught my eye, and then I was drawn to the smell of ink:

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THE ALIENS ARE COMING! There were beautiful prints a plenty (some hot off the press) at the Charming Baker mini print studio:

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I loved this wall featuring prints and light up quotes by Smithson. Harder! Faster! Louder! Go hard or go home! And just incase you didn’t know… Leisure isn’t working, guys.

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My triangle radar was beeping like mad when I walked past these hand painted beauties by Carl Cashman. I then turned around to see a familiar keyboard:

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I met Keira Rathbone’s typewriter recently at my Uni tutor Barrie’s talk at St Brides Library (which I’m yet to post about – oops! Soon, I promise Barrie!). You know how you can draw with pencils and pens? Well Keira draws with a typewriter – it’s quite special to see her doing it live so if you ever get the opportunity, take it. A talented lady:

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David Shillinglaw’s 8ft high by 50ft wide wall is bursting with character:

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So many quirky details – this 100% proof Love potion made me smile.

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So that was one half of the building… what’s happening in the other half?

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The biggest edition yet of The Other Art Fair! With a focus on emerging talent, The Other Art Fair gives creatives an opportunity of exposure, and a platform to sell and grow their talents. With almost 150 artists, there was a lot to take in so again here is only a snippet.

There was more neon from Rococo Wonderland (whose work I’m quite familiar with as I follow her on instagram):

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And the bright colours didn’t end there, with these calorific junk food layered graffiti pieces by Super Eliot. I posted the doughnut on my instagram and it’s the most liked image on my feed – you guys have got sweet tooths!

Orson Kartt’s humorous pieces put a smile on my face – especially Poundland (bottom left).

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And to finish… never forget the little people:

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Miniature art photography playing on the illusion of scale by Roy’s People. Cute!

Phew. And breathe! So much talent in one room – it was inspiring. The fairs had attracted a great crowd – both times I visited there was a queue to get in and inside it was totally packed. And you can visit too! Are you in London tomorrow (Sunday 19th October) – it’s the last day! Get yourself down to The Old Truman Brewery (East London) for these fairs and a variety of live installations – see the programme. From 11am – 6pm, for less than £10 you get entry into TWO art fairs and can see the future of creative talent from around the world.

Have you been to Moniker/The Other Art Fair? What did you think? Let me know your favourite pieces in the comments!

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