assume vivid astro focus
Tom of Finland
assume vivid astro focus, avaf vs Tom of Finland (abraxas ventriloquists animal fetishists), 2016
Digital collage. Ink and paper.
17.00 x 12.00 in / 43.2 x 30.5 cm
Edition of 75
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ABOUT THE WORK
This digital collage is an unprecedented collaboration between assume vivid astro focus and Tom of Finland Foundation, in which the contemporary artist duo, Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson, were given access to the Tom of Finland archive to morph the influential artist’s body of work with their visual language and codes. The result is a stunning and euphoric coalition between artists that—although different in terms of generation, backgrounds and aesthetic discourse—are protagonists of underground art and share the means of alternative platforms to celebrate and advocate for sexual freedom and tolerance in the spirit of inclusion without conclusion. This collage is part of a larger series of works and offers a seamless continuation of avaf’s application of cultural references and artifacts as participants in their work, and is the most vivid adaptation of the Finnish artist’s drawings to date, set to add a “multisensory splash and color overdrive” to the rainbow of Tom’s Men.
About assume vivid astro focus
assume vivid astro focus was founded by Eli Sudbrack in 2001. Sudbrack began working with Christophe Hamaide Pierson in 2005 as a duo that often morphs into a collective, depending on the different projects they are involved in. avaf works in a vast array of media, including painting, drawing, installations, video, sculpture, neon, wallpaper, decals, and often confronts gender, politics, and embedded cultural codes through pop imagery and neon colors. The duo brings a passionate collaborative spirit to every aspect of their work—from conceiving projects in tandem, to employing an extensive range of references and materials, to executing large-scale installations with expert, animated, diversely talented teams. avaf approaches every project with a combination of all-encompassing, unbridled vision and keen pragmatism.
Their work often and easily segues into the fashion industry and popular culture. They have collaborated with designers from Comme des Garçons—providing their imagery for both printed and digital matter—to Lady Gaga, who incorporated their art into the “Gaga's Workshop” display at Barneys New York.
avaf has also been the subject of major exhibitions and public art projects around the world. These include Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, The Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway, São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo, Brazil, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1st Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece, The Geffen Contemporary (MoCA), Los Angeles, and The 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York, among others.
Part of the proceeds benefit Tom of Finland Foundation