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Christian Böhmer Interview | Moniker Art Fair
Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

For our next preview feature from the upcoming Moniker Art Fair in New York, we’re sharing an interview with Christian Böhmer! Christian is a self-taught contemporary artist who creates large-scale murals along with drawings and paintings. He has exhibited work around the world including in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland among others. Most recently, he completed a mural painting for the "one wall project" curated by the Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. After learning more about his work and process, we’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing what he exhibits at the fair!

Tell us about your background. You describe having roots in the graffiti movement of the 90's so was this the type of art that first inspired you and that you first created? 

Yes, graffiti was the kind of art that influenced me most when I was a kid in the mid-nineties. I was lucky enough to live only a few kilometers from Europe’s largest legal graffiti hall of fame at that time, which was the famous "Schlachthof Wiesbaden". Once a year, there came the world’s most famous writers together to have a graffiti jam for one weekend. I was so fascinated to see what was possible to do just with a spray can, that I decided to try this on my own. As it was a legal spot to paint graffiti, there was no need to hurry or to get nervous. I think this is why I had time enough to experiment in every direction, which included painting characters, too. I found out that I had much more talent in character painting then in writing letters....

How has your work developed since then? When and why did you turn to portraits? 

The first few years I developed in painting characters and as I got better and better, I moved towards a photorealistic style. I believe the most difficult subject one can paint in photorealism is a portrait, where there are no mistakes allowed. And when you dive into this world of painting portraits, you find out that there’s a lot of stories you can tell with that kind of art.

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Images courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Images courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Can you explain your reasoning behind covering various body parts of your subjects - namely their heads and faces, but also in recent work, their hands as well?

As I said, it is very interesting to tell stories within portraits. I did that for a long time, but one day you ask yourself, what will be the next challenge? What else can I add to these stories? When you think about that, the next logical step will be to transform the portrait, to paint it in an abstract way. But the abstract in my portrait painting is not the transformation of color or shape, but the paper bag. I found out that for me this is a perfect medium to use in order to transform shape, to give it a message, or to simply hide the face itself. Sometimes less is more :)

You recently completed a new mural in Berlin, congratulations! How did that project come about? How often do you create larger, public works and do you enjoy it as much as your smaller pieces? 

It was Yasha, the director of the Urban Nation Museum of urban contemporary art in Berlin, who asked me to paint this specific wall. I just began working on a new series of drawings, which plays with red colored hands, that tell all those stories that hidden faces can’t tell. This series deals with people on the edge of society, the ones nobody listens to. And the wall I painted in Berlin is located in an area where these people live. So it was the perfect match.

Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

What will you be showing at Moniker in New York? 

I will be showing this new series of people with red hands hidden behind their paper bag mask. But you need to see it in person!

Do you have any additional exciting projects going on in 2019 and beyond that you'd like to share?

Yes, I will have a huge solo show in Mainz, Germany in September. I’m very glad to be there because that is the place where I grew up and where I had my first graffiti writing experience. I have not been back there for more than 15 years!

I will also have a group show in October at 19Karen Gallery near Brisbane in Australia, which I’m also looking forward to. I love the idea that people from all over the world can have the opportunity to see my art in person.

Moniker will be held May 1 - 5 in New York City at:
718 Broadway
NoHo, Manhattan
New York City, NYC
10003

Learn more about Moniker Art Fair by visiting their website.

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Evoca1 Artist Feature | Moniker Art Fair
Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

We’re just a few short weeks away from Moniker Art Fair which will be held May 1-5, 2019 in New York City. The international fair’s 2019 exhibitors include some of the world’s most renowned urban & contemporary artists and galleries in booth exhibitions as well as solo presentations and installations. 28 exhibitors and four special projects, hailing from 13 countries around the globe, will present work in alignment with this year’s theme, Cause & Effect, which examines our shared roles and commitment to addressing the current state of political, social and ecological issues. Create! will be providing coverage of the fair, but we’re also excited to be bringing you a sneak peek at some of the artists who will be highlighted at this year’s NYC edition of Moniker. Last week we introduced you to WK Interact and this week we’re sharing the incredible work of Evoca1!

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Evoca1 was born in the Dominican Republic, where he spent most of his childhood drawing on walls and playing baseball, until eventually moving to Hollywood, Florida at age 11. 

As an autodidact, he has received his art education from the compulsive study of the old masters’ works and techniques. His pieces are a personal reflection of his life experiences, as well as observations of human behaviors and social struggles.

He currently lives and works out of South Florida, where he continues to develop his craft and research of figurative painting. In recent years, this mainly happened in public spaces where he has painted large-scale murals. His interaction with the local environments has been essential in generating the concept of his work.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

For more information about Moniker please visit their website and follow along with Evoca1 on Instagram.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Moniker Art Fair | New York May 1-5, 2019
Tina Ziegler, Fair Director. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Tina Ziegler, Fair Director. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Create! Magazine is excited to be partnering with Moniker Art Fair for its 11th edition in New York this spring. Read on to learn more about what exciting things you can look forward to at this incredible contemporary art fair!

This May 1 - 5, Moniker Art Fair returns to New York, welcoming international and local collectors to a five-day celebration of New Contemporary Art in Manhattan.

Moniker Art Fair is an acclaimed contemporary art fair with urban influences, which has for 10 years delighted collectors and art lovers in both New York and London with hyper-curated, fully-immersive and broad-scope events.

The next edition, held 1 - 5 May 2019, will dominate the heart of the New York art scene in its 15,000 square-foot venue in NoHo, continuing the never-conventional, always-pioneering fair format that has launched the careers of numerous artists in the past decades in partnership with international galleries.

Moniker has become the go-to for art collectors to learn more about the contemporary art world and to buy art assured by the curation, instinct and advice of professionals.

Moniker London 2018. Photo credit: Sam Roberts.

Moniker London 2018. Photo credit: Sam Roberts.

NEW YORK EXHIBITORS LIST

INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES

GAREY THE THIRD | LA & Hong Kong

FIERCELY CURIOUS | Brooklyn

MAZEL GALERIE | Brussels & Singapore

FOUSION GALLERY | Barcelona

VINYL ON VINYL | The Philippines

ROMAN FINE ART | The Hamptons

CAKE AGENCY | Chicago, Illonois 

11.12 GALLERY | Moscow, Russia

LIVING ART GLOBAL | UK

ANALOG CONTEMPORARY | Philadelphia

PERSEUS GALLERY | New York

 

OPEN STUDIOS

SIRIS HILL | UK

FATHERLESS | Illinois

DEREK GORES | Florida

BURAK KARAVIT | Istanbul

NICK FEDAEFF | Russia

ARTHUR BECKER | New York

TXEMY & AMAIA ARRAZOLA | New York

 

SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS

EVOCA 1 | Dominican Republic

CHRISTIAN BOEHMER | Cologne

WK INTERACT | New York

ICY & SOT | Iran

YOK & SHERYO | The Philippines

ARINZE STANLEY | Nigeria

NUNO VIEGAS | Portugal

Photo credit: Icy & Sot. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Photo credit: Icy & Sot. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

FAIR SCHEDULE 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019
Collectors Day: 3pm-7pm 
VIP Celebration: 7pm - 10pm
$75 (Includes $50 towards your first original artwork purchase)

A program of educational talks, panel discussions and networking sessions
around collecting contemporary and urban art.

Thursday 2 May 2019 
Public Opening | 1pm - 5pm 
Opening Celebration | 5pm - 9:30pm 
$25

General Fair Days
Friday 3 May | 1 - 10pm 
Saturday 4 May | 12 - 8pm 
Sunday 5 May | 11am- 6pm 
$15

STUDENTS AND SENIORS

Students can visit Moniker free of charge. A valid student ID will be required before entry.

Seniors (65+) ticket price is $10 (+booking fee) with code: REDUCED.

FAIR ACCESS

Children under the age of 16 do not need a ticket to visit the fair.

Well behaved leashed pets are welcome on site.



For more information, please visit their website: https://www.monikerartfair.com/ or follow them on Instagram.

Photo credit: WK Interact. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Photo credit: WK Interact. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Art Miami, Context and Aqua 2018 Staff Picks

This is our second year being a proud media partner of Art Miami Fairs. As if visiting sunny Miami is not inspiring enough, we got to explore thousands of artworks from across the globe. There were incredible, innovative pieces that stuck out to us from every art career level, but we had to narrow it down to a select few.

Here are our picks from Art Miami, Context and Aqua fairs from the 2018 edition.

Art Miami

Context

Aqua Art Miami

Art New York 2018: Interview With Long-Sharp Gallery 

Long-Sharp Gallery

Gallery Owner Rhonda Long-Sharp

http://www.longsharpgallery.com/

1 North Illinois, Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46204

(Above image: Tarik Currimbhoy, Stainless Steel Rocker [Kinetic])

Gino Miles,  Elegance

Gino Miles, Elegance

Tell us a little bit about your gallery. What types of art do you generally focus on?

Long-Sharp Gallery (LSG) has locations in Indianapolis and New York City. LSG specializes in works on paper, multiples and drawings by modern masters including: Picasso, Miro, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Indiana, and Lichtenstein. In addition, LSG is dedicated to a contemporary program that incorporates paintings, photography, and sculpture, as well as conceptual and multimedia art by a growing roster of regional, national, and international artists. This roster includes Gino Miles, Thalen & Thalen, David Spiller, Russell Young, and Amy Kirchner, among others.  

LSG has placed works in important museums, corporations, and in public and private collections. Recently named one of the top 500 Art Galleries in the world by Modern Painters Magazine (Blouin Art Info), LSG is honored to work with clients worldwide.

Long-Sharp Gallery features a rigorous program which includes international contemporary artists in solo and thematic exhibitions. The gallery also enjoys increased participation in top level art fairs in the US and Europe, which affords the gallery's worldwide clients even greater access to the gallery’s growing inventory of important and innovative works. These art fairs include Masterpiece London and Art Miami. 

Long-Sharp Gallery is a certified Woman's Business Enterprise (WBE) and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Andy Warhol,  Key Service

Andy Warhol, Key Service

What should visitors expect from your booth in Art New York this year?

Focusing on “small masterpieces”, Long-Sharp Gallery returns to Art New York 2018 with a selection of important works [no greater in size than 24” x 24”] by modern and contemporary masters. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Pablo Picasso’s watercolor and charcoal drawing, titled “Femme”; the piece is from 1901 – the year of Picasso’s first solo exhibition in Paris. Small works on canvas by Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, and Robert Indiana, along with a color pencil study drawing by Roy Lichtenstein, will be presented alongside Picasso’s “Femme”.  Works by contemporary sculptors Gino Miles, Tarik Currimbhoy, Thalen & Thalen, and David Hayes will flank the “small masterpieces.” 

   Gino Miles,  Wild

 

Gino Miles, Wild

Please share a few tips for new collectors and those interested in investing in art for the first time.  

1. Only buy art that rocks your world. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. Visit top tier galleries and fine art fairs to learn what you like.

2. Look for a gallery or auction house that can assist you. Vet them for their reputation, ethics, and clientele. For works by top tier artists such as Picasso, Warhol, etc., vet the gallery or auction house and the work carefully, examine the catalogue raisonné pertinent to the artist, look at the front and back of each work, and generally do your homework. Most auction houses warrant authenticity for only 5 years after purchase.

3. Understand that condition is important to value.  That is, two works from the same limited edition may be vastly different in price because of the condition of those works. Simply doing price comparisons is not the way to buy art. Price should be the third criteria on the list.

What are your favorite aspects of participating in art fairs?

Art fairs are a favorite of our gallery because we get to see artwork brought from galleries all over the world.  The Art Miami Group brings interesting and diverse galleries to its fairs.  We also like the connoisseurship of highly vetted secondary market fairs (such as Masterpiece London).

Name a few important works we should keep an eye on when visiting. 
Our exhibit this year is dedicated to important works with a small footprint. Picasso’s “Femme”, the watercolor and charcoal drawing from 1901, is certainly a standout piece.  We are also excited to exhibit a new sculpture by Gino Miles titled “Elegance.”

Top Picks: Art Miami and Context 2017
Sylvia Rybak

Sylvia Rybak is a 19 year old photographer from Warsaw, now living and studying in Berlin, who turns kitsch into art. By meticulously building unique sets inspired by small absurdities she sees in everyday life she explores the unconscious and the absurd in a very instagrammable way.

In Sylvia Rybak’s photographic world humans are reduced to something purely visual. She playfully arranges isolated body parts, like hands, alongside other objects. “I am mainly inspired by things that are considered kitsch and explore them as aesthetic phenomena, similarly like in the Camp aesthetic sensibility. Sometimes just one object triggers a whole range of ideas, for example an ashtray I found in the flea market inspired me to make a whole series about pseudo-glamour and beauty”, she explains.  

Creating art is a way for her to escape reality. Sylvia carefully collects all ideas that appears in her head and when she has a free moment she returns to those ideas and implement them using photography. “I spend much more time preparing the concept and composition of the photographs than actually making them. I always have every element of the photograph prepared before I enter the studio and I treat photography as a way of documenting my ideas more often than as a separate artistic device”.

#Instalove – A Collective Play About Love

Have you found the one? What pisses you off the most? Do you like what you see? Why did you break up your previous relationship? If you are ready to answer those questions – or even better, if you are curious to see what others answer under the spotlight, this is the right piece for you.

#Instalove was fun. Refreshing, inspiring, interesting, beautiful, daring, provocative and specially, original. It was original because #Instalove is a highly participative theatre play in which “there would be no show if it wasn’t for the participants”, as Catherine Duquette, creator, writer and performer of #Instalove said.

The piece doesn’t start when you enter the theatre, it starts even before. At the foyer of the English Theatre Berlin, you find a dating computer game to familiarize with the subject and a video introducing you to the four characters of the play, which will be the backbone of the piece. Clare, a romantic dreamer, Kate, an overachieving theatre director, Cat, a ties-free wild clubber and Kris, an extremely rational game designer.
 

Merging the Unexpected With Megan Archer

Megan Archer’s bedroom floor is a patchwork of landscapes, body parts, animals and flesh – pieces of paper soon to become pieces of art. She’s working on several collages at the same time. Moving the cutouts around. On what backdrop should this hand be placed? Are the parrots better with the bananas – or without? What looks right?

“I like to spread pieces of paper across the entire floor, and I leave them all laying out overnight so I can re-examine them the next day and decide whether to glue them down or continue to move them around”, Megan explains and continues: “I actually haven’t glued anything for weeks”.

In 2010 she graduated from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in New Zealand. She then left her home country for the UK and it wasn’t until three years later she moved to Berlin. “I knew it was a place that would nurture my creativity”, she says.

After a few years in the city Megan started experiment with collage. Before she had mainly been painting, but feeling hindered by working from home and inspired by collage artists on Instagram she found this new outlet for her creativity. She already had a collection of old picture books at home, which now received a whole new purpose – to be cut and glued.

Art, Shapes and Geometry: Jean-Baptiste Monnin

via Artconnect

For most of us architecture is just the set-design in our everyday lives. But for Jean-Baptiste Monnin it’s the leading star. When he looks at buildings he sees the small architectural details that many of us just pass by. For him, architecture is never static; it’s the backbone of his art.

It’s a typical grey morning in January when Artconnect enters Jean-Baptiste Monnin’s apartment in Schöneberg. The style of his home is a mirror of his drawings. It’s precise and in order; every object has its place. The difference though, is that the cat Bisou doesn’t run around in his artworks. It makes sense that a person who builds impressive abstract architectural drawings with thousands and thousands of exact lines is a person who also orders his succulents by size.

 

We ask him to draw for us and the vibe in the room immediately changes. His pen dances over the canvas to the sound of a track from Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of The Moon. It’s a soothing thing to watch. By spending hours standing still and making repetitive hand movements in pursuit of the ranging shades of grey, typical for his drawings, Jean-Baptiste tells us that he comes close to a meditative state. “In a way, I even become a part of the art” he says leaning over the big canvas.

What's Going on in Bangkok?

via Artconnect

Bangkok is the lively creative and cultural capital of the colorful Thailand. But does the art and museum scene of the town actually reflect the colorfulness of its country?

With its 8.2 million inhabitants on 1,569 square km, uncountable skyscrapers, busy markets and smelly restaurants, Bangkok is working on its role in the South Eastern artistic scene. The local environment appears undoubtedly diverse, as its numerous and varied districts.

The city hosts international artists, festivals and creative events, while building a stable inner and outer network.  At the same time, museums both devote to new contemporary research and exhibit sublime and very strange collections.

Leader of the more traditional path is probably the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC), located two steps away from Siam Square. Its look is consistent with the Western institutional directions, featuring  white curving space and spiral walkways with a Guggenheim effect. The space exhibits both national and international projects, artists and designers, performance and musical events. It is essentially a polyhedral space and, in a city that’s a huge open sky market like Bangkok, the first two floors of the building offer inevitably  also food and shops, among galleries. At the top floor curators propose rotating exhibitions. In February and March 2017, an interesting and pretty significant project displays the blacks and whites of the Brazilian artist Sebastião Salgado. A minimalistic set up is able to perfectly fit a curvilinear space with portraits of manual laborers, faces, hands, details, mob scenes and spaces, shooted from the 80s on.

 

 

From Internet to Paper: Printing With Vincent Hulme

Via Art Connect

A snow man is breathing glitch fire next to a naked couple having an intimate moment in bed; there are flowers everywhere. Pink letters are forming the words “I loved you for too long” above them. Artist Vincent Hulme’s Tumblr feed is as ironic as it is aesthetically pleasing; it’s also his biggest source of inspiration. His contemporary style can easily be recognised in the feed. He’s a lithographer, serigrapher, writer and performer or as he explains on his website: He’s doing his best to spread the word of Vince.

Vincent lets us into his apartment with a shy smile; it’s a Monday morning and we’re all tired. The colours of his prints, hanging in his room, immediately energises us though. They are perfectly printed in purple and green. When making a print the first step for Vincent is always to create a prototype by playing around with different images, colours or shapes in Photoshop. The printing can finally begin after he’d gotten it back as an offset plate from the plate maker. “I always go back to printing. That’s the one thing I do recurrently”, he explains.

Before moving to Berlin six years ago Vincent was studying Fine Arts at Concordia in Montreal, specialising in screen printing. Now he spends his days working as an art teacher, scrolling Tumblr for inspiration and practicing his own art. Which means, spending a lot of time by the offset printing press in his studio.

Art Connect Picks: Abstract Art

By Julia Mari Bernaus

The beauty of abstract art is how it allows the viewer to read their own story in the artwork. The patterns and colours chosen by the artist form thousands and thousands of different stories depending on who’s studying them. So the question is:  What do you see when you scroll through these artworks?