I must admit, I enjoyed my trip to The Other Art Fair more than I thought I would. It was genuinely fun and awe-inspiring to be amongst such talent and passion.
I wrote a review of The Other Art Fair here, for the 30ish.me website, but I didn’t have room to include my absolute two favourite pieces. So here you go. If you’re interested. If not, why not read another of my articles instead. How about this one about amazing Polish food in London?
This is by Lewis Campbell, of Lost Monkey. He has big hair and has a great big lovely smile, unless he’s tired. His work reminds me of half forgotten dreams and momentary glances with strangers.
You can find Lewis at Spitalfields UpMarket every Sunday.
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It was hard to choose a favourite. I also really liked ‘The koala who wanted to be a skunk‘, but I have an affinity for felines, especially one as hopeful and optimistic as this one. These pictures would be perfect hanging on your wall – it’s a conversation piece and would brighten up any miserable day.
I had a chat with Nadeem about his work; my first instinct was that his collection was depressing. His take was that it was full of optimism. Discussing Fall or Flight, he explained that this image of two people holding hands standing at the edge of a precipice was a defining moment for him – his relatively new girlfriend had just discovered she was pregnant and this news was literally going to make or break them. They’re still together so I’m assuming they flew. In my mind (and maybe because I was all hormonal at the time), I saw two people about to jump to their death. What do you see?
Nadeem has also provided backdrops for films such as ‘The Bourne Supremacy’, ‘Alexander’, ‘Love Actually’ and James Bond’s ‘Die Another Day’.
“The characters that you see in my work represent souls of the human species.”
~ N. Chugtai, November 2012
I really liked the idea behind this work. Dameon brings stories that are hard to hear to people’s attention. Captions such as ‘He told me that he had the power of God‘ alongside an image of an anguished girl suggest sinister incidents. Dameon successfully gives his audience a glimpse of a story, reveals the fragility of people and gives you just enough information to get you thinking. These works often included mugshots of real criminals combined with poems and paintings of their victim. Real quotes such as ‘If they are not sufficiently complete to live, they die and it is best they should die.’ are chilling and set the scene to the story.
“The nothingness is the hardest. Not knowing anything is a living hell.” ~ Dameon Priestly
The best bit?
The pop-up Breakfast Club area that served pulled pork burritos and mulled apple juice. This is Allegra from Stolen-Music helping me eat one.
The Other Art Fair is over now for this year, but I’ve heard that there’s normally two per year so keep a lookout on their website for the next one.