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Ahol Sniffs Glue | SNIPERS Preview

Caught up with artist Ahol Sniffs Glue to talk about his upcoming installation at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District entitled “SNIPERS”.

This collection of work is about perspective, focus and observation…like looking through a sniper scope. The idea behind his unique plush pieces came about when Ahol was recently struck by a car while riding his scooter. During his recovery, he ended up watching a lot of daytime trash talk shows like Maury Povich. Rather than just watching the shows, he became fascinated with the audience and their cued reactions and expressions. While exploring the idea of anonymity and voyeurism, he started observing the observers of the show.  Ahol honed in on these unknown audience members and incorporated the images into his art to illustrate the odd and sometimes absurd. From his graffiti roots and his iconic spray painted eyeballs throughout Miami, Ahol’s work has evolved into these part digital, part plush and part conceptual pieces. Ahol said he didn’t want to get too deep into the actual meaning of his work. He would prefer for people to explore his work and make their own deductions.

His solo exhibition at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, located at 2239 NW 2nd Ave in Miami, opens on November 24th.

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131 solo exhibition | 1+31=131

Stopped off at Villa 221 on Northeast 17th Street here in Miami to check out a solo show by the artist 131. His work, which is influenced by math, science, numbers and patterns, explores the idea of deconstructing art down to it’s molecular level. Two of my favorite pieces from the show entitled “Amoeba Battle” and “Periodic Table” depict a fantastic and chaotic microscopic world. I also really enjoyed his recycled doors which he covered with 125 photos compiled over the past several years of names and messages carved into city sidewalks and then sealed in clear epoxy resin. It was a really great exhibit, visually and conceptually. You can see more of 131’s work on his site

A special thanks to Aaron and Frank of Villa 221, an amazing venue for shows and events.

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Clandestine Culture

If you’ve ever been to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, you’ve probably come across a piece of street art by the artist CLANDESTINE CULTURE. I first came across his posters in 2010 with the signature red bar bearing his name. It’s interesting to see his work crossing over into galleries. His first solo exhibition recently opened at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art at 2239 NW 2nd Avenue here in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. I dropped in this afternoon to take a look. From weathered wheatpasted images on the street to refined silkscreens and paintings on wooden panels, I was surprised to see how well his art translated off the streets. The photos highlight some of my favorite pieces. I was fortunate enough to meet the artist who is depicted in the first photo holding a paintbrush and a can of paint.