76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented Assume Vivid Astro Focus VII, a multimedia installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus, one of the most talked-about artistic forces to have emerged during that year.
A.V.A.F.’s work covered not only the interior walls of Deitch Projects’ 76 Grand Street space, but the floors, windows, and exterior façade as well. The large gallery space featured a projection of A.V.A.F. and honeygunlab’s collaborative video project Walking on Thin Ice, based on a song of the same name released by Yoko Ono in 1981. A.V.A.F. also created new wall drawings and wallpaper for the space. Sampling tapestry design and softcore porn, coloring books and Tibetan thangka paintings, Pink Floyd and Picabia, A.V.A.F. spun 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 washed over the senses, feeling both familiar and daringly new.
The storefront gallery was turned into a tattoo parlor, where gallery visitors could receive both A.V.A.F. tattoos and the tattoo artist’s own tattoo, amidst an A.V.A.F. jungle of drawings and window patterns. Transforming the exterior of the gallery, A.V.A.F. built a giant haunted-house style façade suggestive of the fun house environment within the space, and created a multi-colored, scrolling neon sign that read "CONTAGIOUS" and lit up Grand Street.
A.V.A.F., begun in Brazil and practicing in New York, was a unique movement with an expansive vision of total sensory input. In a way, it was a record of everything that was a part of someone’s life and everything that was added to that person’s life everyday. These experiences collided, mutated, and were masterfully remixed by A.V.A.F. into art that never existed as an original, but rather as a continuum of copies and hybrids. Moving through networks of collaboration, A.V.A.F. worked with Matthew Brannon, Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5, Gerard Maynard, Slava Mogutin, Michael Wetzel, Los Super Elegantes, action daddy and honeygunlabs to create work for the show. 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.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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