In case you didn’t know, Dubai’s street art scene is lit. In the ultimate skyscraper city, 3d art and massive murals from international artists help the streets come alive. A cosmopolitan, fast-paced and multiracial Middle Eastern metropolis that, like Street Art News founder & curator Rom Levy states, “looks to redefine public space and bring the outside inside even as it is constantly remaking itself,” it is a perfect location to curate a show tastefully themed around the line, the simplest element of art.
“The myriad figural and typographic styles on show are deeply grounded in their urban origins but have evolved over time to develop their own unique figural and typographic languages. Almost all of the artists are showing for the first time in the Middle East, yet the influence of the region can be felt in the hieroglyphics and Arabic calligraphy that, along with black letter, and Native American scripts, informs RETNAs characteristic style.” Levy, who curated the exhibition opening May 11 at The Mine gallery, explains. Between The Lines will feature a promising mix of icons and up & comers composed of Andrew Schoultz, Kenton Parker, RETNA, Andrew Faris, Paul Insect, BAST, eL Seed, Jenny Sharaf and Word to Mother.