While AholSniffsGlue's signature sleepy eyes are popping up all over town for Miami Art Week, the Borscht Film Festival is showcasing one of his more personal artistic stories for their December film line-up.
Biscayne World, AholSniffsGlue's film collaboration with Borscht, recounts when the artist was the victim of a hit-and-run while riding his bike. The experience propelled his discovery of the weird wonder of Miami's bus system. Inspired by his fellow passengers, Ahol began "sneaking out drawings" every day at his then cubicle-based job.
"I started cropping the characters, putting them into every day scenarios; they were just chillin', my little posse that hung out with me," he says. "Little by little, I wanted to take it to another level, make it animation."
Borscht got behind the project, plus his friends and animators Michael Arcos and Marnie Ellen helping put the art to movement. Ahol says he didn't draw the characters exactly as they were, but based on what characteristics stood out most to him, be they stereotypical or voyeuristic perceptions.
"Whoever I was vibing out with, whoever stood out -- they were my victims," he says. "Hopefully there's some people who are flattered by it, and the people who are upset by it aren't too mad."
Biscayne doesn't just feature stop motion and animation; it contains real people telling real stories, something that continues to draw the artist to the city's buses.
"I think the bus is awesome," he says. "...If you're on the bus and take a minute to interact with somebody, ask them to tell you an experience on the bus, the first thing they'll say is, 'a good one or a bad one?'...It's really dope.
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"A lot of people are like, 'when are you gonna stop riding the bus?' and I'm like, 'I don't know, I like it too much.'"
Visit borscht9.com for the schedule of film festival screenings and events