“BETWEEN THE LINES” GROUP SHOW CURATED BY ROM LEVY

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The Mine is pleased to announce ‘Between The Lines’ an urban contemporary group show curated by Rom Levy, featuring Andrew Schoultz, Kenton Parker, RETNA, Andrew Faris, Paul Insect, BAST, eL Seed, Jenny Sharaf and Word to Mother.

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Since people first began painting on cave walls, the line has been the simplest element of art. As a mode of mark marking it doesn’t remain static, but holds an infinite potential—of velocity, of direction, of connection, of form. Against the noise of today’s overly decorative urban art scene, then, it makes sense to return back to where it all began: to the purity of line.

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The line is at once a road and a horizon. Between the Lines considers the space in between. Bringing together an international group of artists, it surveys the landscape of a movement that started in the grimy backstreets of Paris, London, New York, and LA but has since exploded to become a worldwide phenomenon. Today the lines between contemporary art and what was once called street art are increasingly blurred and difficult to distinguish. The lineup includes heavy hitters and fresh new blood alike. Despite their humble beginnings—and very often an aversion to getting sucked into the commercial art machine—many of these artists have been welcomed intupper echelons of the art world—its fairs, auctions, as well as its museums and other institutions.

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ANIMATED WORK BY JENN LIV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto artist Jenn Liv‘s work is influenced by her pop culture inheritance. Whereas some artists are keen to establish their credentials through lists of canonical and well-respected influences, Liv goes the other way: anime, Manga and video game works have helped to form her own practices.

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“A lot of my artistic influences come from the narratives and imagery I stumble across while watching all different kinds of animation. My tastes have evolved over time but I constantly go back and re-watch the heck out of old favorites, trying to study all the factors of what makes them so great. It’s always been a dream of mine to pitch a cartoon someday so I try to create comics whenever I can as a way of taking what I’ve learned and putting it into practice.”

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“BAD PAINTING” BY PETER SAUL

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco-based painter Peter Saul is one of the forefathers of Pop Art. Known for his aggressive and colorful cartoonish paintings satirizing American culture’s early use of pop-culture cartoon references in the late 1950s and early 1960s has earned him the title of a Pop Art founding father, and to date, he has realized over 800 paintings throughout his career.

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“Bad things make me laugh just as often as good things which is the wrong attitude. But my excuse is this has been my art style for over 55 years, so I get to keep doing it.”

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STAINED GLASS SCULPTURES BY LAURA KEEBLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based artist Laura Keeble often uses unconventional materials, many with references to consumerism and the contemporary art market. Her recent sculpture series interprets familiar, commonly seen objects and global brand logos using reclaimed church stained glass: Starbucks cups, McDonalds happy meals and CCTV cameras are just a few of the objects that she has cut from original antique church windows, made fantastic and divine with this stunning, discarded material.

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NATURE AND INDUSTRY BY MARTIN WITTFOOTH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto in 1981, and spent most of his childhood in Finland, moving back to Toronto in 1993 where he earned his BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College in 2003. He currently lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist in New York City, where he earned his MFA at the School of Visual Arts.

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Wittfooth’s oil paintings explore disquieting themes of industry and nature, unhinged evolution, the clash of old ideologies with modern fears, and the growing shadow of the human footprint on the earth. Set in atmospheric landscapes rendered over many paint layers on canvas, linen, or wood panels, these themes are realized through a combination of symbolism, the juxtaposition of visual narratives, and the displacement of expected realities. The worlds created in Wittfooth’s paintings implore the viewer to question the status quo, to challenge that which is taken for granted, and to proceed with caution on our present course.

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SCULPTURES MADE OF FAKE NAILS BY FRANCES GOODMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frances Goodman is a multimedia artist born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working with objects commonly associated with female identity, such as acrylic nails, false eyelashes, and jewelry, Goodman explores how their habitual usage evolves into obsession and neuroses. Her humorously dark sculptures and installations suggest how self-conscious anxieties play a disproportionate role in governing women’s lives.

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The repetitive and meticulous gestures used to make her works mimic the repetitive and meticulous labors of nail salons and beauty maintenance regimes. By employing these materials and efforts Goodman’s work draws attention to popular culture definitions that narrow the possibilities of female identity to extremes of consumption, aspiration, obsession, desire and anxiety.

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