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.
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.
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.
Ben Eine has been in Chicago this past week to open his show, “The Great Western” with Sickboy and Word To Mother. While in town he’s been busy, getting up a giant mural in the city’s Wabash Arts Corridor’ while also finding time to do a few shutters.
For the massive mural on East Congress Street Eine chose “HARMONY”, which is fitting as the show opened the same weekend as the Lollapalooza music festival.
This is a great video done by Andrew Telling on Word To Mother from his time at Fame Festival 2010, where the British artist goes about the town of Grottaglie, Italy and paints the town, er, turquoise. We like to check on Word from time to time, as he showed at FIFTY24SF Gallery years back, and painted on our garbage cans; we see his name every morning whilst walking to work.
We had a fun time when Word To Mother was showing at FIFTY24SF Gallery. We like his attitude, a good dude. The English street and fine artist has a show at Stolenspace in London this October, titled Blind By Stardom. We feel the same way sometimes.
The show will be October 8—24. More soon.
Remember this cool video we did with Word to Mother?
Good friend of FIFTY24SF Gallery, Word To Mother, has this mural worked out at FAME in Italy. Nice work… he tagged the crap out of our UP garbage cans when he showed here, so we have a special place in our heart for him.