A celebration of contemporary art rooted in urban culture in East London
by Cajsa Carlson in Culture on 23 October 2014
Innovative art company Moniker Projects’ eponymous Moniker Art Fair just marked its fifth anniversary with a three-day show at The Truman Brewery in the creative and commercial center of East London. While attending the show, we recently caught up with director and curator Frankie Shea (who co-founded Moniker with Kristophe Hofford) about the fair's featured artists and galleries, which have “roots in urban culture and come from the edgier, wilder side of the art world.”
This year the exciting line-up included street art legend Shepard Fairey, who was showing as part of artist-run gallery Stolen Space, as well as Berlin-based artist Vermibus, whose work was on display in the OPEN WALLS gallery stall. Vermibus "borrows" advertising posters and manipulates the ink on the posters using a solvent, brushing away both the flesh and faces of the models, as well as the brand logos, before putting them back. His beautiful and unnerving works were one of the highlights of the show.
22 galleries in total showed at Moniker, and visitors could also experience art being made from scratch at the fair. Moniker artists Keira Rathbone and Benjamin Murphy created their typewriter prints and electrical tape artworks among the show’s visitors. Both artists make intricate, detailed works out of everyday materials, offering insight into Moniker’s young, street smart spirit.
To celebrate their half-decade anniversary, Moniker’s own stall at the fair displayed its Five Years Young project. “I wanted to bring together a group of homegrown talent that I have worked with over the years and whose work I personally collect, too. The combination of the three main artists’ use of different media—Matt Small (metal), Jo Peel (canvas), and Mark McClure (found wood)—also made for a great show,” Shea says.
RCA graduate Small presented his 2D and 3D portraits of people on the outskirts of society, creating a shared sense of humanity to “bring a positive energy to otherwise marginalized children and young adults of London,” Shea says. The floor of the Moniker stall was made by McClure, whose wooden sculptures are interestingly influenced by both Bauhaus and graffiti. McClure has previously had success at Moniker—his works sold out in 2012. "We've developed a close working relationship since involving Mark in Living Walls, a major public project for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Mark's geometric wooden tiles—a 210-meter vertical sculpture fabricated from wood sourced from in and around the park—is one of the highlights of the project," Shea comments.
Moniker’s third main artist, Jo Peel, uses public murals as well as hand-painted animations to explore changes in the city. "She is obsessed with the urban landscape and [is] always in flux," Shea says. Peel’s work has previously been commissioned by Chanel and shown as part of the London Design Festival, and her depictions of the streets of east London are both edgy and slightly nostalgic. Though the show finished its run on a few days ago, visit Moniker Art Fair online to view the entire list of exhibitors.
Lead and final two images courtesy of Moniker Art Fair, all others by Cajsa Carlson
Wheels big and small made in house, thousands at a time
by Cool Hunting Video in Design on 23 October 2014
In our fourth and final piece from our visit with Kawasaki in Lincoln, NE we went to a smaller corner of their enormous plant. While probably the least glamorous of their products, their wheels may be the most practical and abundant. The company brings in raw steel and spits out a finished wheel—the entire process takes place thousands of times a day, and no matter how many times you've seen it, remains mesmerizing.
Keeping it simple but never basic with mixed materials in a monochromatic colorway
by Hans Aschim in Style on 23 October 2014
With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter here in NYC, it's the optimal time to invest in versatile all-weather footwear. Opting for the color that truly does go with everything, we sought out boots in all black that could standup to weather while being dressed up or down. From the lightweight, cushy and tech-infused boot take on Cole Haan's ZeroGrand to Danner's time-tested Mountain Light model with designer styling to the waxed creeper boot from heritage British Columbia boot maker Viberg. Each boot brings craftsmanship and a unique use of materials to the table that—given a bit of TLC—will last for years to come and only improve with age and use.
Viberg + Palmer Trading Co: Creeper Scout Boot
Victoria, BC-based Viberg has produced some of the most sought-after work boots for over 80 years. The company remains family-owned, humble and committed to maintaining the level of quality and attention to detail that put them on the map. Still, the company isn't afraid to take risks in design and inject contemporary styling into their footwear. Partnering with Massachusetts-based American goods retailer and designer Palmer Trading Co, the classic Scout Boot is given the blacked-out treatment. A creeper sole lends a more street-friendly look while waxed Horween leather bumps up the weather protection. Over time, the texture of the leather will emerge with unique wear patterns dependent on use. ($750)
Danner + wings+horns: Mountain Light
Equally at home on the trail and as in the city, Danner's Mountain Light heritage logging boot has been a longtime CH favorite. Teaming up with Vancouver, BC-based wings+horns, the all-black collaboration is limited to just 400 pairs worldwide. Made in the USA, the upper is constructed from a single piece of Horween Cavalier Chromexcel leather. The boot is completely waterproof and breathable thanks to a Gore-Tex liner. Keeping in tune with each brand's insistence on aesthetic utility, these are the optimal foul-weather footwear for those looking to balance style with functionality. ($480)
Cole Haan: ZeroGrand Tall Boot
When the ZeroGrand shoe launched this summer, it caught the attention of the style and design communities alike. The impressively lightweight footwear has thankfully been released in boot-form just in time for cool weather. The ZeroGrand Tall Boot offers the same svelte feel of it's low-top cousin, though this model is built with rain, sleet and snow in mind. Despite the boot's low weight, the flexible boot is still structurally sound and sturdy thanks in part to a storm welt and water resistant leather upper. ($298)
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