SUDBRACK, Eli and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson. Assume Vivid Astro Focus.
(New York, NY): Rizzoli, 2010. First edition. Quarto. [288 pages]. Essay by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Introduction by Natalie Kovacs. The artist collective known as assume vivid astro focus (avaf) gained worldwide recognition in 2004 with their outrageous cacophonous installations, based on pop-cultural collage and pastiche with a strong documentary bent. Reaching beyond anything traditional their work is comprised of imagery created by the artists combined with recycled and appropriated images from a wide range of sources–such as unicorn tapestries, children’s stickers, pages from gay porn magazines, album covers, Buddhist thangka paintings, and street graffiti, to name a few–and the results are explosive. The volume spectacularly illustrated with 270 images, including three gatefolds, and complemented by insightful text revealing the concepts, beliefs, and practices of this extraordinary artist collective. A near fine copy in dust jacket, complete with poster and mask with 3-D glasses.
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