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assume vivid astro focus

John Connelly Presents

Insinuating its groovy self into every conceivable nook and cranny of the gallery, the most recent manifestation of assume vivid astro focus—the zany lowercase nom de jeu of Brazilian artist/impresario Eli Sudbrack, as well as the moniker for the shifting cohort of artists and performers with whom he collaborates in his extravagantly heterogeneous practice—once again confirmed the group’s special affinity for the surface of things.

Avaf’s methodology revolves around deconstructing a certain ravey psychedelic milieu and then recombining its stylistic and temperamental elements in an attempt to make art that resembles a party, and vice versa. The operative, if not wholly novel, conceptual drive behind this is to encourage the flow of creative capital from the exciting world of club and street culture to the traditionally more reserved space of the gallery, using the former’s tendencies toward

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