AVAF x Mario Brito CandyLips Necklace
Product will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Maria Brito, LLC.
This product has been significantly discounted from its original pricing specifically for SHOWFIELDS collectors.
Created in collaboration with Maria Brito and AVAF, or Assume Vivid Astro Focus, an incredible French-Brazilian duo who generally work with sculpture, video, and performance to create all encompassing installations that speak about politics, gender, and freedom of fluidity.
Originally created as a way for collectors to have more affordable access to AVAF's work, this necklace is a true piece of art. An extremely versatile piece, it can be worn also as a three-strand bracelet.
As a wearable work, it aligns with the ethos of LGBTQ+ activism that can be found throughout AVAF’s artistic practice in that the lips were inspired by paintings of Trans women that the duo created in Brazil.
The collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf) was formed in New York City in 2001. Its principal members are Eli Sudbrack (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968) and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson (born in Paris, France in 1973). Avaf fuses drawing, sculpture, video, and performance into carnavalesque installations in which gender, politics, and cultural codes float freely. A study in visual adaptation and modification, avaf’s work recycles and transforms imagery from one project to the next—often in the form of densely patterned wallpapers and graphic signage.
Personal expression and a lust for life feature prominently in projects simultaneously rooted in the politics of free speech, civil rights, and the dissolution of rigid classifications of class, gender, and national identity. In frequent collaborations with musicians, designers, dancers, and other artists, avaf challenges conventional assumptions about authorship and the role of the artist’s persona in contemporary society and the art world.
Avaf has received awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2002) and the Public Art Fund (2007). Its work has appeared in major exhibitions at Centro De Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia (2010); the New Museum (2010); National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2009); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2009); São Paulo Bienal (2008); ENEL Contemporanea, Rome (2008); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007); Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2005); Tate Liverpool (2005); the Public Art Fund (2004); and the Whitney Biennial (2004). Eli Sudbrack lives and works in New York City and São Paulo; Christophe Hamaide-Pierson lives and works in Paris.
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