Biography

Since 2001, when Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson formed assume vivid astro focus, museums, galleries, and public spaces worldwide have been set aflame with the duo’s image-laden, neon-bright, Carnavalesque installations. Fusing drawing, sculpture, collage, video, music, and performance, assume vivid astro focus creates immersive spaces expressive of a lust for life and a belief in the “freedom to share/spread/absorb/assume/contaminate/inseminate/devour.” Abundant and irresistible, the pair’s work also poses challenges—to restrictions of speech and civil rights and to rigid classifications of identity.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
abstracto viajero andino fetichizados, MATE, Peru
2016
avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods, Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, US
 
Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Sammlung Goetz, Base 103, München, Germany
2015
assume vivid astro focus, CAC, Cincinnati, US
2014
ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces, Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York, New York
 
Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
 
Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
2013
Casa Triangulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil April 4- May 18
 
The Armory Show, The Suzanne Geiss Company, Focus Section, curated by Eric Shiner
2012
Featured artist of 2012 Gala, The Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo
2011
Cyclops Trannies, The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York City, USA
 
Silent Disco, One night performance and installation for the opening of Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
 
Mural Installation, All Very Amazing Fingers, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia
 
Mural Installation, LIGHTBOX, Miami
 
Cyclops Trannies, Galeria Triângulo, SP Arte, São Paulo, Brasil
2010
archeologist verifies acid flashbacks, The Wynwood Walls, Miami, USA
 
Wallpaper and Neon Installation, Core Club, New York City, USA
 
Ilegítimo, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, USA
 
aqui vivimos atisbando fantasmas, Centro Contemporaneo La Conservera, Murcia, Spain
 
artistiquement voué au feu, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
2009
affektert veggmaleri akselererende faenskap, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
 
Menschen Tiere Sensationen/ancient vagrancy appolonian futurism, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany
 
Poprally, MoMA, New York, USA
2008
ameixa vazio attack fátima, Casa Triangulo, São Paulo
 
aqui volvemos adornos frivolos, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
 
antonella varicella arabella fiorella, public project for ENEL Contemporanea 2008, curated by Francesco Bonami, Rome, Italy
 
ameiz vous avec ferveur, special window project for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
 
absolutely venomous accurately fallacious (naturally delicious), Deitch Projects, New York, USA
 
alienation vertigo action formula, special project for the VIP lounge area at The Armory Show, New York, USA
2007
Concrete Waves: Homage to Skate Culture (with Ryan McGinness and P.S. 1, MoMA), Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA
 
faux dark shada rustic moniques, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 
a very anxious feeling, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
2006
abra vana alucinete fogo, Galeria Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil
 
butch queen realness with a twist of pastel color, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
 
Open Call, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, Austria
 
absorb viral attack fantasy, Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan
2005
Off the Wall Series (in collaboration with Elmgreen and Dragset), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
 
homocrap #2, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy
 
butch queen realness with a twist in pastel colors (featuring Dick Jewell), Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2004
assume vivid astro focus XI, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz Private Collection, Key Biscayne, USA
 
Make It With You: A Slow Dance Club (collaboration with Los Super Elegantes), Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
 
assume vivid astro focus IX, an art project with Central Park's Dance Skaters Association sponsored by The Public Art Fund and in conjunction with the 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York, USA
2003
assume vivid astro focus VII, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
 
assume vivid astro focus V, Peres Projects, San Francisco, USA
 
assume vivid astro focus III, Bellwether Gallery, New York, USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Quermuseu – Cartografias da Arte Brasileira, Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2016
Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH
 
HORIZONS, Plutschow Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
 
Soft Power. Arte Brazil, curated by Robbert Roos, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL
 
Structures of Power, Diablo Rosso, Panama City, PA
 
Greek Gotham, curated by Maria Britto , Dio Horio, Mykonos, GR
 
Game, curated by Ricardo Sardenberg, Luisa Strina, São Paulo, BR
 
Mycorial Theater, curated by Milovan Farronato, Pivô, São Paulo, BR
2015
Love Story – Works from Erling Kagge's Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, NO
2014
Casa Triângulo's 25th Anniversary, Pivô, Edifício Copan, São Paulo, BR
 
Kino International Theater, Berlin, Germany
 
Uncertain Terms, What If the World, Cape Town, South Africa
2013
15 Years And Counting, assume vivid astro focus VIII, Anniversary Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
 
Tuyauterie Tropicale, Natures Artificielles (Lille 3000), Hotel Europa, Lille, France
2012
Pop Politics, CA2M, Madrid, Spain
 
The Lift: avaf, Kiki Smith, and Andrea Zittel, Bloomberg in collaboration with Art21, New York
 
Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York, New York
 
Tro-pi-cal, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Oslo
 
Collages: Incisions-Fragments-Montages, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
 
In Living Color, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
 
Collaborations and Interventions, curated by Friederike Nymphius, CCA Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, ES
 
Blabla et Chichi sur un bateau, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
 
Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
 
Lille3000, Lille, France
 
Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Los Angeles, CA, USA
2011
The Space Between Now and Then, Galleria OMR, Mexico City
 
Krakow Photomonth, curated by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Krakow, Poland
 
Travessias, Favela de Mare, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
Experience Pommery #9, Domaine Pommery, curated by Claire Staebler and Charles Carcopino, Reims, France
 
New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
2010
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, The New Museum, curated by Jeff Koons, New York, NY
 
Demons, Yarns, and Tales, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Scorpio’s Garden, Temporare Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin
 
New York Minute, MACRO Museum, curated by Kathy Grayson, Rome, Italy
 
Chelsea Visits Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
 
Zweckgemenschaft, curated by Francesco Stocchi, MICA MOCA, Berlin, Germany
 
Minneapolis, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA
 
Tattoo, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY
 
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
 
One night performance with Black Meteoric Star, Donau Music Festival, Vienna, Austria
2008
In Living Contact, 28th Sao Paolo Biennial, Sao Paolo, Brazil
 
ENEL Contemporanea 2008, curated by Francesco Bonami, Rome, Italy
 
The Voting Booth Project, benefit exhibition for The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, curated by Quang Bao, David Zwirner Gallery
 
I/Legitimo, curated by Daniela Bousso, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
 
Super#3, an one night performance with Black Meteoric Star (Gavin Russom), Maison des Arts de Créteil, Paris, France
 
The Rocky Mountain People Show, curated by Fabio Cavallucci and Cristina Natalicchio, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemmporanea, Trento, Italy
 
Cover, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), curated by Fernando Oliva, São Paulo, Brazil
 
When Lives Become Form: Dialogue with the Future – Brazil, Japan, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil
 
Tiny Art Show, curated by Maxwell Williams, Cynders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA. forthcoming
 
Graffiti, curated by Daniela Bousso, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
 
Glasgow International, curated by Caroline Stevenson, Glasgow, UK
 
Gravity: Selected works from the Ernesto Esposito Collection, Museo Artium, Vitorai, Spain
 
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, curated by Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA, and Musee D’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Quebec
 
A New High In Getting Low (NYC), curated by John Connelly, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
 
Brevity’s Rainbow, curated by Maxwell Williams, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2007
shada shada La Chatte, an one night performance in collaboration with La Chatte, part of La Noche en Blanco, organized by Reina Sofia and ARCO, Matadero, Madrid, Spain
 
Double Vision, Deutsche Bank, New York
 
New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions, curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
 
BoysCraft, curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
 
A New High In Getting Low, ArtNews Projects, curated by John Connelly, Berlin, Germany
 
Studio Voltaire Portfolio, Studio Voltare, London, UK
 
Gravity’s Rainbow, Peres Projects, Athens, Greece
 
Space For Your Future, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo, Japan
 
The Studio of the Street, Deitch Projects: Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
 
Out of Art, from the Collection of Ernesto Eposito, CentrePasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’Art, Biel Bienne, Switzerland
 
Playback, curated by Anne Dressen, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville Paris, Paris, France
 
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, curated by Dominic Molon, MCA, Chicago, USA
 
Rozamira Festival, Moscow, Russia
 
Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio and Augustine Zenakos, Athens, Greece
 
Fractured Figure: Works From the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
 
The Weasel: Pop Music and Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London, UK
 
She Was Born To Be My Unicorn, curated by Amy Keller, Smith-Stewart, New York, USA
 
CARToons at COMICON, Changing Role – Move Over Gallery, Naples, Italy
 
Impossibly Familiar, Fashion Institute of Technology, Art Gotham, New York, USA
 
Independent Curators International, New York Studio Events, New York, USA
 
Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
 
BoysCraft, curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
 
Night Visions: MOCA after Dark, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
 
Out of Art, from the Collection of Ernesto Eposito, CentrePasquArt: Kunsthaus Centre d’Art, Biel Bienne, Switzerland
2006
Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos, curated by Julio Morales and Berin Golonu, YBCA, Los Angeles, CA
 
Art on Paper 2006, curated by Xandra Eden Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA
 
Kamp K48, curated by Scott Hug, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
 
Constant Disturbance: On Cultural Contamination and Foreign Agents, curated by Gean Moreno Centro Cultural Español, Coral Gables, USA
 
Faces, bodies and contemporary signs of Ernesto Esposito’s collection, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina (MADRe), Naples, Italy
 
CITYZOOMS: New York, TBA, Bonn, Germany
 
Tempest, curated by John Connelly, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA
 
Contemporary Video Art from Brazil, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
 
Tropicália, curated by Carlos Basualdo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, October 15, 2005–January 2, 2006 Barbican, London, UK, February 13-May 22, 2006, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York, Oct 11, 2006–Jan 28, 2007
 
Ninth Tropical Night – Pablo Internacional, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
 
Panic Room, works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
 
Trial Ballons/Globos Sonda, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Agustin Pérez Rubio, and Octavio Zaya, MUSAC, León, Spain
 
Infinite Painting, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy
 
Swallow Harder: Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection, Frye Museum, Seattle, USA
 
The Gallery Show, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Netherlands
 
The Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
 
SuPERM Salon/Superhole Weekend Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, USA
 
Group Show, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
2005
Baroque and Neo-Baroque, curated by Javier Panera, Salmanca Contemporary Art Centre, Salamanca, Spain
 
The Zine UnBound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies (“K48”, curated by Scott Hug), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
 
Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, curated by Paul Schimmel, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA
 
Manchmal weiss ich nicht, ob ich etwas wirklich erlebt oder ob ich es in einem Film geshen habe, Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
 
op-ish, Samson Projects, Boston, USA
 
Draw, Galerie du jour agnes b., Paris, France
 
Seeing Double: Encounters with Warhol, Andy Warhol Museum of Art, Pittsburg, USA
 
Growing up Absurd, Kent Institute of Arts and Design (Herbert Read Gallery), Canterbury, UK
 
Drone, Vilma Gold, London, UK
 
Colour My World, Riflemaker Gallery, London, UK
2004
Divided by Lightning, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
 
Revenge of Romance, Temporary Contemporary, London, UK
 
Nocturnal Emissions, Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands
 
The Stars of Track and Field are Beautiful People, Changing Role Gallery, Naples, Italy
 
Byproducts of Work, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
 
If You Believe Hard Enough…, Rocket Projects, Miami, USA
 
assume vivid astro focus VII, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
 
Carnaval, Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
Works on Paper, Southfirst, New York, USA
 
Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
 
Such Things I do Just to Make Myself More Attractive to You, peres projects, Los Angeles, USA
 
The 6th Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle, USA
2003
Hovering, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA
 
Fast Forward (Media Art from the Goetz Collection), ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
 
Study, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 
Today’s Man, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 
Corporate Profit vs. Labor Costs, D’Amelio Terras, New York, USA
 
K48_Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show" curated by theScott Hug, galerie du jour/agnes b., Paris, France
 
Impakt Festival, curated by Arjon Dunnewind, Utrecht, Netherlands
 
Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich, New York, USA
 
Videodrome, curated by Nicolas Trembley, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France
 
Life/Like, curated by Oliver Kamm, Apartment 5BE, New York, USA
2002
Emerging Artists, curated by Simon Watson, Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago, USA
 
K48_Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show, curated by Scott Hug, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
 
Georges: Abstraction/Surface, curated by Nicolas Trembley, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
 
Coleções 3, curated by Néssia Pope, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
 
High Desert Test Sites, curated by Andrea Zittel, Andy Stillpass and John Connelly, Joshua Tree, CA
 
Vidéo Topiques, curated by Lydia Yee, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
 
Videodrome II, curated by Anne Ellegood, Dan Cameron, Anne Barlow and Johanna Burton, Zenith Media Lounge, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
 
Room for a Revolution, curated by Kristen VanDeventer and Lisa Williamson, Deluxe Gallery, Chicago, USA
 
End of the Rainbow, Bellwether, New York, USA
 
222: 2002: Stardust: Assume Vivid Astro Focus and Kalaman, curated by Anton Kern, Apex Art, New York
 
Unknown Pleasures, curated by Daniel Reich, Daniel Reich, New York, USA
 
Bathroom Group Show, curated by Daniel Reich, Daniel Reich, New York
 
Face Value, curated by Lauren Ross, White Columns, New York, USA
 
Miss World 1972, curated by Daniel Reich, Daniel Reich, New York, December
 
Alpha Flight, curated by John Connelly, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
 
Deslocamentos do Eu: O Auto-Retrato Digital e Pré-Digital na Arte Brasileira, 1976-2001, curated by Tadeu Chiarelli, Itaú Cultural Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
 
São Paulo Turística, curated by Ricardo Resende, Museum de Arte Moderna Higienópolis, São Paulo, Brazil
 
Biting Style and Spitting Image, curated by Diane Chamber and Denise Delgado, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA, June 15 - July 1, 2001
2000
To Be Continued, curated by Rebecca Smith and Matt Keegan, Bellwether, Art In General and Parlour Projects, New York, USA
1998
Recent Works from Project Antárctica Artes com a Folha’s Artists, Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil
 
City Cannibal, curated by Daniela Bousso, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
1996
Excesso, curated by Daniela Bousso, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
 
Antárctica Artes com a Folha, Pavilhão Manoel da Nóbraga, São Paulo, Brazil

PROJECTS AND COMMERCIAL COLLABORATIONS

2015
Beacon High School Sites for Students Project
2014
Permanent mural for Brooklyn’s Original Music Workshop
 
Collaboration with Henzel Carpets
 
“The People’s Tee”, Nike
 
RxArt Hospital Installation
 
Vice X Madonna “Art For Freedom” Digital Initiative
2013
Short film for films4peace, Curated by Mark Coetzee
2012
avaf+Art21 comboworks, an interactive online project for Art21
 
Featured artist of Art21 PBS series
 
Artwork for window display and interior of Melissa store in New York City, USA
2011
GAGA'S WORKSHOP, a collaborative display for Barney's New York, Madison Ave, New York City, USA
 
Visual Collaboration with Comme des Garçons www.comme-des-garcons.com
 
Artwork for Façade and interior of Galeria Melissa store in São Paulo, Brazil

AWARDS

2007
Recipient of The Public Art Fund’s In The Public Realm Grant
2002
Recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York
 
Goetz Collection
 
DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art
 
Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo
 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
 
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
 
National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Oslo
 
The Lauro Collection, Il Giardino dei Lauri
 
De La Cruz Collection
 
The Depart Foundation

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