Last we spoke of Ahol Sniffs Glue he was reppin’ Wynwood Art Fair. Since then, he’s definitely been doing his job – creating art that inspires even the most sophomoric citizens. It’s been almost two years since the premiere of his first solo exhibit, 7.625 Fl Oz, and he’s been long over-due for another.
And so he began 2012 prepping diligently for his upcoming art show, Ahol: Full-Time, which also marks the opening of Mercenary Square, Miami’s newest exhibition space.
In his encore art show, Ahol continues his quest to document the decay of society. He relies on his personal experiences working in unrewarding jobs to convey the current economic state and convey the ever-growing dissatisfaction of the working class.
The collection was inspired by the enclosing walls of his office cubicle, where he toils away daily, grappling with the disparities of the American Dream. For example, once upon a time, Ahol worked for an undisclosed company in an undisclosed, possibly pornographic industry.
He was assigned the rather arbitrary task of organizing a gigantic collection of VHS cassettes. This tedious task took him about a week to complete. Shortly after he finished, the tapes were destroyed. Through his art, Ahol explores the absurdity and the futility of the situation and uses it as a metaphor for the plight of the disaffected.
“My new work resembles those stacks of VHS” — Ahol Sniffs Glue
To get an idea of how Ahol perceives the monotonous world of corporate servitude, see the gallery below, which we unashamedly stole from his Facebook. The warped rigidity of these pieces can send shivers down the spine of anyone who has ever worked in a cubicle.
Although you can still expect to find traces of Ahol’s iconic eyes all over Miami, his latest exhibition demonstrates how Ahol has evolved over the years and matured as an artist. The increasingly frantic nature of his work depict not only his own personal frustration but that of an entire city that’s been struggling through these horribly dragging economic times.
Opening Reception February 17th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Mercenary Square. Admission is free and open to the public. DJ Sets by Jose Blue Jeans, Mr. Feathers, and O Von Bass Warrior. Complimentary cocktails will be served courtesy of Don Abuelo Rum. And if you’re looking to stay shitty there will be an after-party following the reception beginning at 11:00 P.M. at The Vagabond.
Mercenary Square is an alternative art project committed to presenting emerging artists to South Florida audiences in an urban storefront venue in Little Havana.
Like we said, Ahol has been at it nonstop! Here’s more of what Miami’s most lovable street artist, Ahol Sniffs Glue, has been up to…
December 2011 in the thick of Art Basel Ahol and his buddy Gustavo Oviedo aka 131 hit up Wynwood to collaborate on a couple of murals, SICK murals at that.
First, they created a black and white mural (one of my personal favorites this season) on 24th St. between 2nd and 6 Ave. in Wynwood and called it Event Horizon. After Basel, they got colorful, kept it local, had a party and stayed shitty as they painted another mural on 24th street and 2nd ave.
14th Street Monster
Just before Art Basel and all of the satellite fairs came to town, Ahol marked his territory, to say the least – he took over 14th street covering former Black Bar and The Vagabond almost completely with his infamous eyes. With PULSE Miami located right down the street, you can bet he got some serious exposure, repping the 305 to the fullest.
He didn’t stop there, you can spot more of Ahol down and around North Miami Ave & Northeast 1st Ave. It can be assumed that 14th street belongs to Ahol Sniffs Glue.