This weekend in London is the Moniker Art Fair, which features the work of a number of Street Artists, as well as the artists themselves installing, performing, drinking. Part commerce and spectacle, the atmosphere at an art fair always has an expectant air of interactive theater; directors, actors, and prop masters all milling around fervently and working to create a dramatic scene. Ready or not, the doors fly open and in rushes the calico crowd of collectors, fans, and looky-loos to belly up to the stage, discover who has a new idea, and who is recycling old ones. This years Moniker includes work by Aiko, Banksy, Ben Eine, Best Ever, Cash For Your Warhol, D*Face, Dabs & Myla, Greg Miller, Herakut, Jaae, Matt Small, Nate Frizzell, Peeta, Marco ‘Pho’ Grassi, Pure Evil, ROA, Rero, Russell Young, The London Police, and Word to Mother.
Just flown into Shoreditch for an engagement all week, (don’t forget to ask your waitress for the House Specials), here’s your photographer/artist/collector Geoff Hargadon in the thick of it all with a photo essay of some highlights of the the action.
Jealous Gallery is seen here churning out free “Cash For Your Warhol” prints for the first 30 visitors to the fair Friday. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Australian/Los Angeleno Street Art couple Dabs & Myla at work on their installation before the curtain goes up. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
A D*Face mural defaced – actually looks pretty good. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
D*Face, unfazed, continues on with his installation. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Remi Rough strikes a bit of a dance stance while getting up on a Moniker wall. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
An artist from the Canary Island Urban Culture Booth. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
“Cash for your Warhol” at The Garage (left). In the center is Amanda Marie and Aiko on the right for Andenken. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Watch your back, installers coming through with a D*Face can. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Installers assembling a ROA puzzle, piece by piece. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Street Artist Beejoir’s new sculpture, “A Pill A Day” (Singapore/UK) (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
…..makes us think of “Mother’s Little Helper,” by the Rolling Stones