Assume Vivid Astro Focus

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assume vivid astro focus (avaf) is both an alias of Brazilian-born New York-based artist Eli Sudbrack,[1] and the name of an international group of visual and performance artists, with French multimedia artist Christophe Hamaide-Pierson one of the main collaborators.[2] Sudbrack was born in 1968 and moved to New York in 1998.[3]

Sudbrack first exhibited in New York in 2000, at which time he used the name Superastrolab, switching to assume vivid astro focus in 2001, the name always rendered in lowercase.[3] avaf's work includes painting, drawing, photography, film and digital technology.[4]

Artists collaborating in assume vivid astro focus projects have included: Kenny Scharf, Shoplifter (Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir); Michael Lazarus, Melissa Stabile de Mello, Fábio Gurjão, Desi Santiago, Kleber Matheus, Giles Round, Malcolm Stuart, Honeygun Labs (Bec Stupak), Rick Castro; Vava Dudu, Carla Machado, Renata Abbade, Rodrigo Garcia Dutra, JK5 (Joseph Ari Aloi), Pipa Ambrogi, Marco Boggio Sella, Cibelle Cavalli, Carolina Gold, Black Meteoric Star (aka Gavin Russom), Silvia Moraes, and Melissa Stabile de Mello.[5]

avaf has been featured in Art Forum, Frieze, Flash Art, L'Uomo Vogue, V Magazine, W Magazine, and a catalogue was recently published by the Whitney Museum of American Art for the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

avaf is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection.

avaf is currently based in New York and Paris, and is represented by John Connelly Presents, New York, and Peres Projects, Berlin/LA.

The name derives from two musical sources: Throbbing Gristle's album Assume Power Focus, and the band Ultra Vivid Scene.[3][4]

peacocks, a print by avaf

Upcoming Exhibitions[edit]

"assume vivid astro focus," Peres Projects, Berlin


Recent avaf collective exhibitions include:

  • Tropicália, curated by Carlos Basualdo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Barbican Arts Centre, London, UK, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
  • Trial Ballons/Globos Sonda, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Agustin Pérez Rubio, and Octavio Zaya, MUSAC, León, Spain
  • Infinite Painting, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy.
  • "absolutely venomous accurately fallacious (Naturally Delicious)," Deitch Projects, New York
  • "In Living Contact," 28th São Paulo Biennial, curated by Ivo Mesquita, São Paulo, Brazil
  • "FAUX DARK SHADA RUSTIC MONIQUES," Hiromi Yoshii Gallery. Tokyo, Japan
  • "Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan
  • "Destroy Athens," Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece
  • "a very anxious feeling," John Connelly Presents, New York
  • "Abra Vana Allucinete Fogo," Casa Triangulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • "butch queen realness with a twist of pastel color," John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
  • "Open Call," Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • "The Garden Party", Deitch Projects, New York
  • "absorb viral attack fantasy", Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan
  • "assume vivid astro focus XVI", Galeria Massimo de Carlo (project space), Milan, Italy
  • "Panic Room" works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens
  • "Ecstasy: In and About Altered States," Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, California
  • "Infinite Painting," Villa Manin Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, Italy
  • "assume vivid astro focus XII", Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
  • "assume vivid astro focus XIX", Hotel, London
  • "assume vivid astro focus XX", Galerie Art: Concept
  • "Off the Wall Series", Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis,
  • "assume vivid astro focus XIV" (in collaboration with Elmgreen and Dragset), Galeria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Fall/Winter, 2005
  • "assume vivid astro focus XII", Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England

Sudbrack has had solo projects at:

  • Massimo de Carlo Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Galeria Triangulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Deitch Projects, New York



  1. ^ Wilson, Michael (2003) "Assume Vivid Astro Focus: Deitch Projects.(New York)(artist's work is combination of psychedelia and glam, pop kitsch and kitsch pop)", Artforum International, October 1, 2003
  2. ^ Hauser, Ethan (2009) "The Back Story | Assume Vivid Astro Focus", New York Times, February 23, 2009, retrieved 2010-02-21
  3. ^ a b c Finkel, Lori (2005) "Dancing on a Ceiling (With Tom Cruise)", New York Times, October 9, 2005, retrieved 2010-02-21
  4. ^ a b Cotter, Holland (2002) "ART IN REVIEW; Assume Vivid Astro Focus; -- 'Knowing When to Stop'", New York Times, June 21, 2002, retrieved 2010-02-21
  5. ^ Rabinowitz], [introduction, Natalie Kovacs ; [text by] Cay Sophie (2010). Assume vivid astro focus. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0847833054. 
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