June 26, 2003 — August 15, 2003
76 Grand Street, New York
Assume Vivid Astro Focus VII, was a multimedia installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus one of the most talked-about artistic forces to have emerged in 2003. Sampling tapestry design and softcore porn, coloring books and Tibetan thangka paintings, Pink Floyd and Picabia, A.V.A.F. spins vibrant and outrageous patterns from their personal simulacra of images. Part Brazilian Carnival, part Aubrey Beardsley, A.V.A.F.’s own brand of psychedelia washes over the senses, feeling both familiar and daringly new. A.V.A.F., begun in Brazil and practicing in New York, is a unique movement with an expansive vision of total sensory input. Moving through networks of collaboration, A.V.A.F. worked in this show with Matthew Brannon, Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5, Gerard Maynard, Slava Mogutin, Michael Wetzel, Los Super Elegantes, action daddy and honeygunlabs. A.V.A.F.'s totalizing spirit fully transformed 76 Grand in this instantiation of the ongoing project- a vibrant, seductive kaleidoscope of contemporary experience.