AHOL: The Interview

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Miami Street Art Sensation AHOL (@aholsniffsglue), who represents the #SSK crew, has got EYES all over the 305, literally. However, his most recent projects – #BiscayneWorld and his digitally chopped up images (which he creates on his cell phone with original pictures) deviate from what we are used to seeing on the streets. Before you read the interview we were so LUCKY to have with him, here is a video from his Sniper Show (below) which conveys a different kind of energy and intensity than that which we see painted on the walls of the 3-0-5. What we also don’t discuss in the interview is how this artist makes his work accessible to his fans – he leaves signed #BiscayneWorld prints all around Wade County – you just have to go on an adventure to find them with clues that he sends out via instagram!! I don’t know any other artist who does such a thing. He wants his fans to be engaged, and that is something that has CAPTIVATED our attention. Read ze INTERVIEW to find out why we He(ART) and admire this artist.

DP: While people in MIAMI may recognise your work, being a South Florida native, what other cities do you enjoy working in?

AHOL: I’ve lived in MIAMI all my life. I identify with my city.  I’ve gone to other states up the east coast and countries and spread some of my work but Miami is what matters to me.

DP: Your eyes are what I am most familiar with as is your style from spray paint, but what other symbols are commonly found in your works and what other mediums do you enjoy working with?

AHOL: I try and tie a lot of my stuff together. The eyes come from my characters, the characters tell a story of the common person. My pictures are Miami oriented and my digital cellphone photo chopped images are all Miami based (see image below).  I use any medium accessible to me. Possibilities are endless and SPONTANEOUS creation is my favorite.

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DP: My mom (who is now my biggest supporter and getting into the whole idea of street art) sent me an article regarding your accident. How horrifically tragic. I am truly sorry but I am SO happy that you have gotten back up and started working again. It is very inspiring. Do you think your style has changed since the accident. Do you look at your art differently?

AHOL: The accident sucked. I am truly blessed to be alive.  Many things have come from it.  I am now working with Gregg Shienbaum who supported my work through the accident and now I am proud to be a part if his gallery.  After the accident, my HUSTLE and DRIVE has been TURNED UP HIGHER THAN EVER. 

DP: I checked out your website and I see your paper works encompass a lot of geometric shapes and linear lines. Would you agree that this differs from your work on the streets?

AHOL: Those paper works were part of an urban landscape series I worked on that meant a lot to me.  They are very similar to my eyeball line work and attention to detail but in a more free calculated and uncalculated way. It’s hard to explain.

DP: Your latest mural is going up as we speak in Wynwood? What gallery is this for? And are you putting on a show in that gallery? If so, what are the dates for everyone to go and check it out?!

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AHOL: The blue mural (above) I’m working on is at Ocean Grown Glass Gallery on NW 2 and 27 Street in Wynwood.  They are going to be raising the bar in glass art in the area. They are awesome people and I am thankful they commissioned me to bless their walls.  I may be collaborating on something with them in the near future but its still in the talking stage.

DP: Where can we purchase your works? Your online store only sells clothing – but what if we want some prints?

AHOL: I sell some shirts on my site AHOLSNIFFSGLUE.COM.  All my fine art can be purchased directly from Gregg Shienbaum from his gallery in Wynwood Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art.

P.S. If you like more info, GOOGLE my AHOL: FULL-TIME show and my SNIPERS SHOW, those were the 2 most recent shows that I went more conceptual and a bit off the wall.  I am really proud of those bodies of work. Thank you for following my work.  🙂

There ya have it folks. Keep following our dear friend on Instagram @aholsniffsglue, for more secret scoops regarding #BiscayneWorld are dropping soon… REMEMBER, HE’S GOT EYES ON MI-YA-YO. Keep them open. Remember, beauty is in the EYE of the beholder.

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XX, DP

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Walk Around Wednesday: Street Artists You May See on the Reg in London

When walking around London you may have seen some of these works, or works that look similar. Here is a guide to three artists that are seen on the reg from the West to East End.

Mighty Mo: the infamous monkey. Often found in a variety of colours and various facial expressions. If you’re walking around SoHo LOOK UP. Sometimes his work is on top of buildings. Sometimes it’s not: case below – found in Elephant and Castle. But if you come across this animal, now you know it’s MIGHTY MO!

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Christiaan Nagel: known for his ‘shrooms. If you love colour and love shrooms look all over London for this sculptural street artist. The mushrooms vary in size and colour, just like Mo. And, to find his work, you too have to look up to spot it!

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C215: Parisian based artist Christian Guemy’s work can often be found in the East End. Known for his stencil work, he creates elaborate street art that incorporates various layers of colour and incredible detail. While he is best known for his images of his daughter Nina, his subject, well from what we have seen, is mostly people. Truly incredible and inspirational.

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Now go walk it out. Find some art. Embrace it. You never know when it will be gone… That is the beauty of Street Art – at least to me. Seriously, one day it can be there and the next day it has vanished. So take it all in. Take a picture of it. Realise you have been graced by a master of the streets. HOW COOL!!! LOVEEEE IT! LOVE LIFE. He(ART) STREET ART.

XX, DP

Dirty in Toronto: Kim Stanford’s Show at Gallery 1313

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In Toronto’s COOLEST area Queen West, Gallery 1313 is currently displaying its newest exhibition Dirty (May 15th– May 26th). Dirty, by Kim Stanford replicates mundane objects such as socks within the given space as an exploration “into larger, absurd work that both attracts and repels, and opens a conversation about the universal dialectic between the taken-for-granted and a search for meaning.” After having seen the piece (online but soon enough in the flesh), many interesting artists and ideas come to mind. It is interesting to sees these parallels and derive new and exciting interpretations for oneself, creating a new dialogue- which is exactly what this artist intends. Won’t you join me through this adventure? Read on, and come up with your own interpretation and let us know what you think?

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The title of the exhibition and the installation reminds me instantly of French artist Louise Bourgeois, specifically her piece Cumul I (above).  In this piece, Bourgeois explores the notions of sexuality and the Freudian concept of childhood trauma. These conglomerate round objects in Culmul I (seen as either penis or breasts- it has never been defined by the artist herself) reflects the repetition seen throughout Dirty. Could we say that Dirty, with its initial title can be seen as highly sexualised, allowing us to explore our own psychoanalytical metaphors?

The socks also play on the familiarity of objects, allowing the viewer to relate easily to the piece. Like the soft marble in Cumul I, the material plays with the familiar material marble used throughout Art History. Both of  these, use the familiarity of objects to create something appealing to look at, yet at the exact same time creating something repulsive.

To push this parrellel even further, upon entering Gallery 1313 the window gallery, holds an installation reminiscent of the socks, however hung together like sausages on a meathook. Could this get more Freudian or feministic – in the case of Bourgeois?

I will leave it you to follow your he(ART) and let your imagination run free. Let us know what you think, and take a stroll down to Gallery 1313 if your in town.

Peace Out, K

BRIDGE’s Newest Video – Whiskey

Dearest dudes/dudettes-

Here is our friend Bridge’s newest video “WHISKEY!” Check it out. Spread the love. Have a magical Monday.

Go download Creature of Habit: Part I for FREE at www.xxbridge.com !!!

DO IT! ANDDDD follow BRIDGE on twitter @xxBridge

XX, DP

P.S. It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere…. So Pour Yourself A Glass

The Controversial Chicken? Examining Miguel Suarez’s Performance @ Alberta College of Art and Design

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I have not ranted since my last article on Damien Hirst. Well here I go again…Recently, Professor Gordon Ferguson at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada) was FIRED (seriously a career down the drain over a chicken) after a performance piece by one of his students Miguel Suarez. This piece consisted of the artist taking a CHICKEN and slitting its throat in front of an audience in order to show the visceral act and process of consuming a chicken – maybe it will make you reconsider the conditions in which chickens are kept before they go into our tummys. Now, it might seem a bit strange, it is strange, but ART IS STRANGE.

What BOGGLES my mind is the absolute UPROAR and BACKLASH that the professor and artist received afterwards. Apparently, after the “horrific incident” counselors were brought to the school to consul the witnesses who had to endure this (ohhhhh soo tragic) event. Really, really? How many time’s have we seen in art the cruel realities of life? Between Abramovich cutting herself in various performances in which she purposely mutilated herself and Beuys’ living amongst a pack of wolves – you don’t find that absurd or difficult to understand? Or what about Chris Burden having someone shoot him on purpose? That does not bother you? Would you ever do that to yourself? The whole point is – it is in your control. If you knew this was going to be the performance and did not like the thought of it why did you attend? You could have protested? I’m sure PETA would have. Eh?

Peace Out, K