assume vivid astro focus

assume vivid astro focus (all lowercase) is comprised of Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, Eli Sudbrack was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and, lives and works between São Paulo and New York. Christophe Hamaide-Pierson was born in Paris and lives and works in Paris. Work shown from their show at Suzanne Geiss Company in May 2014; The dichotomy is furthered by the exuberant features applied to the figures. avaf’s imagined trannies have kaleidoscopic skin, titanic breasts, and penises with minds of their own. They become extraordinary, mighty foils to the hyper-sexualized female figures advertised in porn magazines and Marvel comics.

"The images we use signify a fighting power. They’re characters of change, characters that remain powerful even though sometimes things have gone slightly wrong with them physically. Maybe they have too much silicone in their faces ... . Still, to us they are like contemporary goddesses fighting the status quo."



Herb Ritts: LA Style @ The Getty

Herb Ritts (1952- 2002) had a unique vision that helped shape the look of the 1980's. His use of bold graphic contrast, memorable highlighting of the human form, classical treatment of nudes, and dramatic location shots made icons of his subjects and defined him as one of the top commercial photographers of the decade. His retrospective at the Getty showcases the best of his career, including some incredibly iconic photos.

Runs at The Getty Museum, West Pavilion through August 26th.

A Conversation with Daido Moriyama @ LACMA

A Conversation with Daido Moriyama @ LACMA

Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 4 pm

Photographer Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life.  His highly innovative and intensely personal photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities.

In conjunction with the installation Fracture: Daido Moriyamaphotographer Daido Moriyama, architect Kulapat Yantrasast, and Edward Robinson, LACMA associate curator of photography, discuss the gritty erotics of Japanese urban life. Providing a harsh, crude vision of city life and the chaos of everyday existence, strange worlds, and unusual characters, Moriyama’s photos express a fascination with the cultural contradictions of age-old traditions that persist within modern society, along with the effects of westernization and consumerism.

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