Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THURSDAY: Ahol Sniffs Glue's Snipers opens in Wynwood

"Transformer 305" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
(Image courtesy of the artist)
Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art
2239 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-205-9089,


Snipers, Ahol Sniffs Glue's new solo exhibition, is somewhat of a departure from his previous works. The work of the Hialeah-born artist, who is well-known for painting the droopy eyes that he has said tell the stories of Miami's hardest working individuals, has continued to evolve. But recently he began making plush toys that are hand-sewn, hand-stuffed and creepy.

"I have been taking cellphone pictures for a while and chopping them up on my phone," Ahol explains. "People really started liking the odd creations I was making and for the last show I had a digital canvas made of some of the images. People liked them so I wanted to see how I could further it."

"Murder Bags" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
(Image courtesy of the artist)
Around that time, he says, his neighbors ( introduced him to fabric which led to the idea of plush toys. "It was basically a way to take these images and bring them into a creepy 3D existence."

Snipers, the title of the resulting exhibition refers to the cell phone pics. As explained in a press release about the show, "Snipers are images of everyday people, places, events and occurrences that most people never pay attention to. 'Sniped' spontaneously on a cell phone, unbeknownst to the subject, and completely cropped, and digitally manipulated by applications on a cell phone, the images are then turned into three-dimensional soft sculptures which the artist calls 'plush toys' or peluches.'"

The toys are meant to capture the essence of Ahol's interactions with his city and preserve moments that would otherwise be lost after they occurred.

Ahol prints each image, matches it with fabric (on front and back) and then stuffs and sews the work into a plush toy about life in Miami as he sees it. 

"Cheetah Creepah" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
 (Image courtesy of the artist)
Despite the term "plush toys," the gallery advises that there is strong imagery associated with the exhibition. They would also like people to know that the toys can be won, and that guests should bring quarters.

"There are 100 one-of-a-kind toys for sale ... hand packaged," Ahol explains. "It's $300 for one, $500 for two and $600 for three. There's a claw machine with miscellaneous treasures. One dollar to test your luck. Bring quarters to play."

Be on the lookout for Ahol, especially if he's carrying his cell phone. Considering his new medium, you could wind up shot and stuffed for his next show.

Snipers will open 7-11 p.m. Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 9. After the opening, there will be an after-party at Vagabond, 30 N.E. 14th St., Miami. 

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