Demolition Disco with assume vivid astro focus

The energetic artist collective, assume vivid astro focus, has taken over Deitch Studios, LIC with a sprawling universe of deconstructive collage and a party-minded take on urban renewal in NYC.

poster for

"Absolutely Venomous Accurately Fallacious (Naturally Delicious)" Exhibition

at Deitch Projects (LIC)
in the Queens area
This event has ended - (2008-05-10 - 2008-08-10)

In Reviews by Alyssa Tang 2008-07-25 print

Opening Night Performance, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, ''Absolutely Venomous Accurately Fallacious (Naturally Delicious)'' Deitch Studios, May 10, 2008. Photo courtesy of Deitch Projects. © Kristy Leibowitz.

Let me tell you a story. Somewhere along a lonely street in Long Island City, nestled between warehouses and the edge of the East River, lies an explosive tribute installation akin to a fantastical phoenix reborn, ready to party, and covered in stardust and rubble.

The energetic artist collective, assume vivid astro focus (avaf), has taken over Deitch Studios, LIC with a sprawling universe of deconstructive collage. As a commentary on urban renewal, avaf collected demolition materials from Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Long Island City’s condo construction sites over a two-month period. Amassing more wood than you can shake a stick at, avaf populates “Absolutely Venomous Accurately Fallacious (Naturally Delicious)” with remnants of old buildings in wood, color, and chaos in ultra-bright colors, pattern, symbols, and haphazard structures.

''Absolutely Venomous Accurately Fallacious (Naturally Delicious)'' at Deitch Studios, LIC. Photo courtesy of Deitch Projects.

An unassuming, small entrance of wooden shards welcomes its visitors into avaf’s re-envisioned world for humanity, where art, technology, contortionism, pop culture, sex, dance and music all play as one. Planted here and there, are friendly neon signs twisted into symmetrical knots that undeniably resemble vaginas. Swirling digital imagery is foil to paint-dripped artwork. The over-stimulation settles into a rhythmic pattern that coddles its visitors into a state of effervescent information overload.

Imagine the scene in Alice in Wonderland, where a growing Alice unexpectedly bursts through the White Rabbit’s house. Avaf filters that bursting into one moment. At the center of the installation, anchoring the chaos lays a colossal transvestite doll flinging itself full force into a Brooklyn house façade. This duo-gendered entity is a symbol for transition—genders change, communities change, relationships change, skylines change, ideas change. With change comes infinite information, and it is okay to interpret it as your own.

Photo courtesy of Deitch Projects.

Along the far wall a neon sign of a stylized atomic cloud frames a view of the Manhattan skyline. The angry and adorable cumulus seems to entertain the idea of re-imagining our lovely city. Avaf speaks to its visitors in street tongues with its myriad of visual languages and asks the viewer to find pattern and reason in all the static. Glitter and drama find home amongst dilapidated demolition. Fabric, patterned with fierce acrylic finger nails, drapes itself over a rotting wooden frame. Unfinished lumber is meticulously cut and shaped into a diffracted architectural porch. A neon vagina gently illuminates the painting of a girl in solace. Reconstituted faces glamorize walls of plywood. Masked figures stand tall among phosphorous clouds. Faces are plastered with overly made-up lips, eyelashes, and eyebrows. In addition, collections of wigs and hair clump together to form odd growths in the over-stylized environment. These lyrical explosions address multiple themes including falsities, independence, equality, sexuality and rebirth.

Manhattan goes up in a neon party bomb. Photo courtesy of Deitch Projects.

Avaf's diffracted porch. Photo courtesy of Deitch Projects.

Think, a Popsicle melting, a balloon popping, a lighting bolt striking, an idea being born. It’s okay to dream in the face of destruction, to feel alive through demolition, creating, digesting information, reconfiguring and finding commonality with others. avaf is warm, honest, and eager. With so many places to explore, you can find solace in thoughtful corners of rough sketches and raw wood or get amplified through colorful neon installations, and avaf’s virulently spreading freedom. I highly suggest checking out this exhibition when it comes to life during one of its weekend parties.

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Alyssa Tang

Alyssa Tang. Her parents first met at a Chinese-American Halloween square dance. If you know Alyssa, this explains a lot. Born in 1979, this Boston-bred kid’s been drawing since the day she could crawl. She holds degrees in Studio Art & Psychology from Wellesley College, and Fashion Design from Parsons. Living by the "try anything once" mantra, she's worn multiple hats: muralist, community worker, event planner, graphic designer, textile designer, freelance stylist, and now fashion designer. With a penchant for discovering the unusual, she likes to wander, discover and create ways to put a smile on people’s faces. » See other writings

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