The Other Art Fair: Meet some of Art’s Rising Stars

I wrote a piece for Culture 24 about The Other Art Fair, which took place at  London’s Old Truman Brewery, from 16 – 19 October.

Read about it here: http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/art505006-the-other-art-fair-2014-culture24-talks-to-some-of-the-rising-stars.

Read a longer version here:

Walking up the steps of the Truman Brewery – nestled in the heart of London’s bustling East End – through a dark, unassuming entrance I entered a vast room filled with an explosion of colours, textures and personalities – I’d arrived at The Other Art Fair.

From photography, to painting, to sculpture and taxidermy, the seventh edition of  The Other Art Fair showcased the work of 130 emerging artists from all walks of life.

Icelandic Artist Frikkx displayed alluring, magical, seemingly floating works.

Frikkx
Frikkx

Now London based, by day Frikkx works for a software company, but he says creating art is ‘where the soul breathes.’

He said, “Everything in the world has been photographed, so I wanted to create something that didn’t exist except for within the frame.”

Series of lines and circles I - Image 4 - Frikkx
Series of lines and circles I – Image 4 – Frikkx

He continued,  “Somebody said to me, find what you’re obsessed about and do that. I’m obsessed with circles, so I started doing the circles.”

Megan Revell showcased warm, intriguing, reflection filled photographs of London’s streets and urban landscapes.

Megan Revell
Megan Revell

Megan, originally from Kent, said,  “I like taking pieces in different parts of London, which are kind of hidden, not really well known.”

Southbank Skatepark - Megan Revell
Southbank Skatepark – Megan Revell

To reveal London’s hidden beauty, Megan takes three photographs at different exposures, resulting in a hyper real image, she said,  “I prefer East London, because I find the urban landscapes much more interesting there.”

Michael Wallner, who formerly worked in the TV industry, showcased an array of vibrant, playful pieces highlighting London’s most iconic landmarks and landscapes.

Michael Wallner - Battersea  Power Station on wood.
Michael Wallner – Battersea Power Station on wood.

Michael – who describes himself as London’s biggest fan –  said,  “I like the landmarks because they have very distinctive shapes, the Gherkin is curved, the cheese grater is like a triangle…I like the shape of the Thames river as it curves through London.”

He added,  “Lots of people do London prints, so the trick is to try and find something different, to make London look different.”

Rococo Wonderland’s bold artwork contrasted glowing neon lights against revealing personal sentiments.

Rococo Wonderland
Rococo Wonderland

Despite being relatively new to the art world, only having made neon art for a year and a half, Rococo says she’s always had the creative release since she previously made costumes.

I'm Scared - Rococo Wonderland
I’m Scared – Rococo Wonderland

Describing her piece titled I’m Scared, Rococo said, “This is to do with how I felt about someone. I think of what I really want to say, and throw in loads of other things, some of which are mine, some of which are things I’ve witnessed in others – I’m not scared of spiders, but lots of people are. My stuff is in there, but sometimes it’s hidden.”

Vas Zavialov, a full time Graphic Designer, showcased intricate self-portraits as well as his playful slang project which was inspired by his book: Tings You Might Know About Slang.

Image from: http://instagram.com/p/ua799ALLrA/
Image from: http://instagram.com/p/ua799ALLrA/

He said, “I was experimenting with how the language is very visually creative – the language of slang and youth.”

Vas – whose parents are both Fine Artists – said he explored images in the words, which lead to the Map of London.

He added, “This is the unseen background of London.”

From 16th – 19th October, the fair exhibited a whopping 3,250 artworks and attracted 13,125 visitors – a record high.

Ryan Stanier, Director of The Other Art Fair  said, “The issue isn’t attracting people to an art fair or any sort of art event. The issue is actually trying to get people in that are serious buyers. The artists participating want to sell their work, that’s the purpose of an Art Fair. The challenge is finding the right people; it’s not just simply about numbers.”

To find out more about The Other Fair, visit: http://www.theotherartfair.com/

Click on the slideshow to more of the artworks on display:

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