MONIKER ART FAIR 2017
Yesterday the Moniker Art Fair opened its doors at London’s Old Truman Brewery for its eighth edition. This year, the fair gives you the chance to look back at the origins of street art, whilst inviting you to feel as if you're about to embark on your own street art mission, through its various immersive rail installations. As they put it:
“Moniker 2017’s theme ‘Transient Tales’ showcases not only the origins of street art but additionally highlights the importance and impact of migration and travel on the arts. Among the 100 artists exhibiting at the fair will be those paying homage to the hobo culture that emerged nearly 90 years ago, where grifters taking trains across the country would leave symbols – called tags or monikers – on the walls of freight cars and settlements to denote ‘police presence’, ‘safety’ or ‘food’”
The multitude of stands are curated by an international roster of galleries. LA based ThinkSpace Gallery, which seems to have the lions share of stands, is hosting a number of solo exhibitions within the fair, with one of our personal favourites Cinta Vidal, is a Spanish artist portraying a world in which gravity operates along four plains. Some of the works are even fitted with a frame rotator contraption, which can be pulled to rotate the artwork by 90 degrees. Fantastic!
Fair Director Tina Ziegler comments, "It’s testament not only to the artists exhibited, but to the knowledge of collectors as their passion for urban art has increased over the past decade-and-a-half, that we’ve seen such a huge success on opening night. It’s proof that the scene has built its own cult following, who are unafraid to invest in the scene, largely from the confidence that’s steadily built in urban and new contemporary art. It’s why we tripled in size and it’s why we’re opening in New York in May 2018."
Our conclusion? Check this art fair out, as it is probably one of the best you will visit this year, we have discovered some of our new favourite artists and really enjoyed the immersive installations which run through the fair. The show doesn't choke you with a daunting amount of stands and it goes the distance to offer insight into the history of street art.... Also if you find yourself by this giant "Artopoly" board there is a staircase next to it which leads up to a great roof top view! - out of bounds of course ;)
Tickets are available from https://www.monikerartfair.com/tickets
The Old Truman Brewery, 89 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Friday, 12pm-5pm; Public Opening Reception 5pm-9pm
Saturday, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, 11am - 6pm