#RIPREEFA RALLY and HOW TO HELP HONOR HIS LEGACY

A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF WHAT WENT ON AT THE #RIPREEFA RALLY via our friend Jane S. (instagram – spindalis305):reefa1

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On Saturday afternoon hundreds of friends, family, and community members gathered together on the corner of 71st and Collins in Miami Beach to honor our dear friend Israel Hernandez taken from us way too soon at the age of 17.  His crime?  Doing what he loved most creating art. Despite the oppressive heat of a typical Miami day in August, legions of people came together to talk about and celebrate Israel and share memories, and tell how important how he was in their lives.  It was unbelievable to hear how a 17 year old young man could have touched so many lives in such a short time. He was a very active participant in the Miami skateboard scene, art, and graffiti communities. We gathered peacefully despite our anger and outrage. One by one, friends and family spoke about Israel and his art and what an amazing person he was. At the family’s request there was no chanting—only a bit at the end of” no justice no peace.” Local residents spoke about what a blight the abandoned McDonalds building is and expressed outrage that such a tragedy could occur over a kid putting up a little bit of art. So many of the most well-known graffiti artists were there (although very uncomfortably since they don’t like to be anywhere near a large group of police officers).

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Although the rally was thankfully very peaceful you could very much feel the tension in the air and how much everyone was suppressing their anger especially since we were surrounded by barricades and police as far as your eye could see. They were even posted on the rooftops of the buildings across the street which created a very eery and uncomfortable atmosphere.

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I have been spearheading an effort to help HONOR Israel aka Reefa (his tag name) by making #RIPREEFA STICKERS. This effort has been supported 100% by DONATIONS and I cannot believe how massive the response has been WORLDWIDE for these stickers. People all over the world are outraged that a kid could be tased and die for graffiti. This should never ever have happened for writing on a wall!

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If anyone would like to help honor the legacy of  Israel “Reefa” Hernandez,  I can be reached via my Instagram: spindalis305 and my email address 17stars@gmail.com which is also the Paypal address for donations. Please help us spread the word that justice needs to be served and tasing  unnecessarily HAS to be stopped. Thanks!
– Jane S.
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RIP REEFA: Street Art Awareness

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Stop the Violence. RIP REEFA aka ISRAEL HERNANDEZ. MIAMI make the streets safer for artists and help STOP the VIOLENCE.

Read the story here.

TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS people will be collecting donations at 004Connec a Graff store in Wynwood and at the Viophilia Show. Please e-mail 17stars@gmail.com to find out how to donate if you can’t make it to these places. EVERY $1 counts.

A PEACEFUL event will be held in his honour this SATURDAY to raise AWARENESS.

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Pray for justice. This was unnecessary.

XX, DP

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

Inez Hollander – Portraits from Her Point of View – Miami Mosaic

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Inez Hollander (self portrait above on the left), a lifetime Miami resident, created a series that obeys recognition. Her subjects include a lawyer, a real estate agent, a construction worker, a hairdresser, a mother of three trying to become a singer, a dance teacher working with blind students and a retired civil service worker known as the “King of the Nude Beach.” Hollander realized that this distinctive group represented a cross-section of Miami. And thus began the inspiration for Miami Mosaic, a portrait series.

With vibrant, primary colors and bold, unrelenting brushstrokes, Hollander’s portraits in her Miami Mosaic series (of which more than 200 portraits have been created to date) capture the emotions of her subjects in almost a Bacon-ess psychological portrayal kind of way with Fauve-esque flare. The viewer sees individual faces but together these individuals make up Miami as a whole. In creating the series and documenting the various people around her, Ms. Hollander has assumed a role that Jewish people have historically occupied: that of chronicler and storyteller in the Diaspora – in the multicultural melting pot land known as Miami. Hollander felt that many of the city’s best qualities were ignored by the media, which grossly misrepresented her hometown as a city of gangsters and drug lords, a portrayal made popular by such television shows as Miami Vice and The Real Housewives of Miami. Hollander’s response to this unfair portrayal was to capture a snapshot of Miami from her perspective, that of an artist, a mother, a wife, and a Jew, living in one of the world’s most multi-cultural environments.

You can check out her exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Florida from 12 February – 05 May 2013.

xx, DP

90s He(ART)throbs Got Sprayed

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Iron Pumping A.C Slater (Top). Womanizer Zack Morris (Middle). Geek (Chic?) Screech Powers (Bottom). In some kooky way or another, these he(ART)throbs were our versions of the ideal hottie. But now, we are not only watching re-runs on the Tele, but Miami has got its very own murals dedicated to the greatness of the 90s. As I was driving around the “outskirts” of Mi-ya-yo on a search for graffiti, I saw these three murals out of the corner of my eye. Was this for real? Am I really seeing this? Seriously though… Getting closer, my childhood flashed before my eyes. Mr. Belding. Lisa Turtle. Kelly Kapowski. Jessie Spano. OMG these murals were “Ill.” And by “ill” I mean sick. Sick as in good. Sick as in AMAZING. Just pure brilliance. Saved by the Bell has been revived on the streets – Saved by the Ill.

You know, sometimes it is good to look and and reflect. Turn your memories into art. Get inspired.

xx, DP