MONIKER ART FAIR | A CHAT WITH ARTISTS ABOUT THE UPCOMING NEW YORK EXHIBIT

by Flaunt Editorial Staff

Moniker Art Fair is sailing across the pond from the roads of London to the streets New York City to make its international debut. The fair, which plays host to both seasoned and novice artists, has established itself as a leading host of contemporary art in London for the past eight years. Moniker focuses on providing viewers with an urban experience, both in the art and in the location itself. 

In this case, the fair will be held in The Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse, a site known for its role in the Industrial Revolution. With original brick and wood finishings, the building itself is a piece of art. Inside, Moniker has curated a collection of unusual and rebellious work that invites viewers to engage. The 27-stand exhibit pays homage to artists breaking barriers, and challenging the status quo. From May 3rd to May 6th, collectors, sellers and viewers can join these defiant artists in their celebration of experimental art. A few such artists shared some insight into their exhibits with Flaunt.  Check it out below


EGLE ZVIRBLYTE

 Egle Zvirblyte.  Tiger Rider.  Acrylic on Canvas, Moniker Open Studios

Egle Zvirblyte. Tiger Rider. Acrylic on Canvas, Moniker Open Studios


Flaunt: Do you like for your artwork to be “Understood?” Do you hope that it always makes sense to the viewer?

 Zvirblyte: I am not that concerned if people get the original idea behind a piece. I think once you “release” art into the world, it’s meaning is entirely in the eye of the beholder. For me, creating is a very personal process with a lot of emotion behind it, so I hope that it’s the same for the viewer. I like if my art makes them feel something. However, it’s entirely up to them what they take from the experience, and that’s the cool thing about it.

How do you select pieces to present at the fair?

I think about the story I want to tell, how I will represent myself as an artist and how everything will tie into a three-dimensional experience of my work.

What’s your “loudest” (outlandish/bright…) or most “quiet” (subtle/unassuming…)  piece?

This year I am designing a whole bar in the center of the art fair. It’s all still under the wraps, but I can tell you that it’s going to be big, bright and juicy!

What is your current inspiration?

Coney Island, Indian street graphics, posters of Yokoo Tadanori, Kellee Moran’s Instagram

What makes the Moniker Art Fair unique enough for you to participate in it? 

They are pushing the envelope to make an art fair a fully immersive experience, it’s happening with a bang for the first time in New York, and the team behind it has a relentless “nothing is impossible” attitude.


Sick Boy

 Sickboy.  Sickboy_nuart_festival_installation.  Image c/o  Moniker Installation Artists

Sickboy. Sickboy_nuart_festival_installation. Image c/o  Moniker Installation Artists


Do you like for your artwork to be understood?

I think for a piece of artwork to be understood in its entirety, it makes it very flat and powerless. Some mystery in the process, and the narrative alongside ambiguity within a piece is what makes art special to me. If it's too easy to read, it almost feels like you’re having your intelligence insulted.

How do you select pieces to present at the fair?

I just always try to present my most up-to-date ideas and work. Whether it’s displayed at a fair in a gallery, or on the internet, my output is always up to date. 

What’s your “loudest”or most “quiet” (subtle/unassuming…)  piece?

That’s a hard one to answer. I’m known for my bright use of colors, bordering on a psychedelic color palate. Subtlety is something that rarely happens in my practice. 

What is your current inspiration?

Currently I am focusing on interiors, and environments depicting classic still life references. Alongside a landscape that draws from my visual vocabulary, a world of imagery I have amassed over 15 years, I’m always mixing my signs and symbols to bring new meaning to pieces of work, and this has now started to lead further down an abstraction route, which for me feels fresh and current.

What makes the Moniker Art Fair unique enough for you to participate in it?  

I think it’s the leading UK urban contemporary fair, and the level of production is one that supports the artwork shown in a great light. The team of people that work their are great and they sell my work. I guess they tick the boxes!


Icy Sot

 Icy & Sot.  Fence Installation . Image supplied Icy & Sot, c/o  Moniker Installation Artists

Icy & Sot. Fence Installation. Image supplied Icy & Sot, c/o  Moniker Installation Artists


Do you like for your artwork to be understood?

Yes, of course. We always try to have a message in our work and have the work speak for itself. Most of the time, the message is in your face. We always hope that our works motivate people to do something about an issue or maybe just think differently about it after seeing the work.

How do you select pieces to present at the fair?

For Moniker Art Fair, we are going to do new installation with the theme and series we have been doing this year. It will be about migration and borders.

What’s your “loudest” (outlandish/bright...) or most “quiet” (subtle/unassuming...) piece?

It's a hard question to answer because a new work could be the loudest at one time and the most quiet later, because we always try to change and do new things

What is your current inspiration?

We get inspired from our favorite artists and friends, but mostly with what’s happening in the world right now.

What makes the Moniker Art Fair unique enough for you to participate in it?

We really love the venue that the art fair is talking place in. Greenpoint has long held a reputation of being a working class and immigrant neighborhood, and we love that their focus is contemporary urban art.