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From the 17th till the 21st of October, the Art Week took Place at Brick Lane. On Wednesday evening both Moniker Art Fair and The Other Art Fair merged together, showcasing the work of London’s emerging artists in the Old Truman Brewery.

Dozens of artists presented their work in the form of installations, paintings and interactive designs. The styles varied from pop-art paintings to avant-garde illustrations to experimental collages. In other words, a presentation of art that is over and above the usual. A rarity, all the artists were present to answer any of your burning questions. Despite the impressive amount of inspiring visual material, art is still a matter of taste. Possibly best expressed as an experience that (hopefully) ignites some kind of thought or emotion. The works of Joanna Ham, Rachel Ann Stevenson and Maria Konstanse Bruun were some of those that kept our minds triggered even after leaving the fair.

Rachel Ann Stevenson showcased a series of bronze sculptures covered in antique glass domes. The first of a series of five was called “A beautiful Tragedy”, presenting a human creature looking down on a dead sparrow. The artist herself explains: “I have combined the fragility of beauty, innocence, lust and death all within a glass cage to represent the delicate smoke and mirrors between the conscious and the unconscious mind.” This certainly comes across while passing by Stevenson’s artwork. The feeling of melancholia and dark mood that surrounds Stevenson’s work makes you linger and forget the surroundings for a minute.

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Joanna Ham collages fascinate because of the odd-looking techniques she uses in her work, which makes you stand up close to figure out what is actually going on. What seems like a mixture of a collage, painting and photograph is actually a piece of work, that is part of a long process. Starting out as a collage it is slowly transformed into a monochrome photogram through a darkroom method that eventually ends up as a print. These prints get modified both electronically and by hand, creating a spontaneous and unique fashion image.

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Last but not least, photographer Maria Konstanse Bruun exhibited a series of photographs called “The World is a Detour” which experiments with the question why we go ‘out’ to find ourselves, when the answer lies ‘within’.  Maria Konstanse Bruun likes to explore these kinds of opposing narratives in her work by translating the juxtaposition between opposite traits of the personality. The photographs, which contain a hint of awkwardness and odd details, make the whole a really interesting piece to look at.

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Words by Lete Hulscher
Images by Regina Sepp

 

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