Both Sunday and Moniker are art fairs with a difference. Sunday organised by three participating galleries: Croy Nielsen (Berlin), Limoncello (London) and Tulips & Roses (Brussels) is not dissimilar to Frieze project space, where Limoncello has been a regular exhibitor for the past few years. Sunday offers emerging talent an opportunity to exhibit in a satellite environment which is comparable to the large international fair spin offs that take place during Basel Miami, Basel and now Frieze NY. Moniker on the other hand is a fair which promotes, for want of a better term, ‘Urban Art’. It has excelled and finally matured this year, with excellent quality work and exciting stands from international street artists. This is really worth a visit if you haven’t passed through before. Both fairs are free!
SUNDAY is anything but a Sunday art fair! It is a gallery led art fair created as a platform for an intimate group of like minded emerging commercial galleries to present work by a diverse range of artists within a relaxed environment. The fair will return to London for its third edition from 11-14th October 2012 at Ambika P3, Marylebone Rd. Showing a selection of 20 young international galleries, SUNDAY is recognised as an integral part of the London, UK and international cultural landscape. Housed in Ambika P3, a 14,000 square foot, triple height subterranean space, SUNDAY is free and open to all and last year welcomed over 6000 visitors.
Over ten new galleries will be making their SUNDAY debut this year and nearly half the galleries contributing to the 2012 edition have been established for 3 years or less, embodying SUNDAY’s aim to introduce fresh international talent to audiences. The four day event creates an easy-going environment for each gallery to exhibit their artists’ work; it is a fair with no booths or divisions, allowing exhibitors to show solo or duo artist presentations that respond to the imposing space.
This edition will also include SUNDAY, an extended public programme of projects and events by artists. cura., Elephant, Kaleidoscope and Mousse will feature in the publications section. Already a must-see event, SUNDAY makes a valuable contribution to the most exciting cultural week in London and gives audiences the opportunity to discover new artists and galleries in an accessible and immediate way.
Moniker Art Fair
Meanwhile, the Moniker Art Fair returns to Shoreditch from 11-14 October. Moniker 2012 is an installation based only edition, featuring designated artist project spaces combined with a commercial element. Each space will be individually curated presenting a twist to the traditional art fair format.
As the contemporary and urban art worlds increasingly overlap Moniker has continued to evolve, resulting in the most diverse array of artists to be showcased at Moniker to date. Works range from the widely acclaimed Niels ‘Shoe’Meulman who’s art form fuses calligraphy and graffiti seamlessly, to Mark McClure’s abstract sculpture constructed from found materials through to the colourful world of Casey Gray whose paintings takes inspirations from that of 17 th century Flemish still life, urban culture and visuals associated with electronic music.
‘Project Space’ highlights will include an intriguing glimpse into the surreal world of artist Nancy Fouts. ‘Electric rocking Chair’ and ‘Grandfather Clock’ will form part of an installation of intricate and original pieces filled with the artist’s dark humour and abstract view of the world. Fouts frequently references themes of nature, time and mortality, leaving the interpretation of their meaning open to the mind of their viewers.
Remi/Rough, abstractionist and one of London’s most prolific painters, will feature within ’30th & Time’, a New Y ork inspired street scene curated by Moniker Projects and supported by G-Shock. The two storey pdfcrowd.co high installation spanning the back wall of the main atrium will incorporate a sidewalk and archetypal New York bus stop. Remi will paint the building’s fascia, replicating the artwork he created for
London’s largest mural on the Megaro Hotel in Kings Cross.
Berlin based artist Vermibus ‘borrows’advertising posters from the streets, using them as a base material in his studio where a process of transformation begins. Kate Moss is the subject of his latest project. ‘Unmasking Kate’will be unveiled at Moniker within a dank underground studio.
US legend from the pop surrealist movement, Luke Chueh, will present his ‘Template Series’. Working from outlines of his much-loved rabbit and bear characters Chueh will create a range of new paintings inspired by
his London surroundings and inviting fellow Moniker 2012 artists and audience to participate.
Penny has skillfully taken the art of stenciling to Zen-like heights. His installation at Moniker will include a new selection of his highly sought- after single note currency and his signature works on uncut sheets of dollars, sourced directly from the Federal Reserve. These will be accompanied by a new series of butterfly works and a return of the now famous Penny Pusher machine, all housed within a Victorian sweet shop.
Cuban American contemporary artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada an innovator in the international urban art scene will present ‘The Penetrating Surface’. His gallery work, previously unseen in the UK, comprises two bodies of work. Urban Analogies: charcoal drawings made in over 250 years old extracted wall surfaces from derelict buildings and Memorylithics: sculptures created from recovered architectural materials dating over 500 years old.
Inspired by vintage travel, feats of endeavor and her recent childbirth journey, Pam Glew’s ‘Air Land Sea’pays homage to rail travel from a bygone era in the form of a Victorian-esque waiting room. She will exhibit a series of paintings on vintage American quilts using the tradition of self-portraiture whilst playing a character in the vein of Cindy Sherman’s photography.
Moniker will feature a total of 15 dedicated project spaces, allowing surroundings. Admission to Moniker Art Fair is free from Friday to Sunday.