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Eli Sudbrack
(a.k.a. Assume Vivid Astro Focus, superastrolab, diamantino)
Born: 02/27/68, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Resides: New York


Selected Group

"John Connelly Presents: Kelley Walker, Sissel Kardel and Assume Vivid Astro Focus", curated by John Connelly, john connely presents, New York, October thru November, 2001

"Deslocamentos do Eu: O Auto-Retrato Digital e Pre-Digital na Arte Brasileira, 1976-2001" (Displacements of the Self: The Digital and Pre-Digital Self-Portrait in Brazilian Art, 1976-2001), Curated by Tadeu Chiarelli, Itau Cultural Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, August 17 thru October 5, 2001

"Sao Paulo Turistica"(Touristic Sao Paulo), Curated by Ricardo Resende, Museum de Arte Moderna Higienopolis, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 31 thru July 21, 2001

"Biting Style and Spitting Image", curated by Diane Camber and Denise Delgado, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, June 15th thru July 1, 2001

"10th Annual Artists' Studio Benefit Tour and Reception", Art In General, New York, April 28, 2001,

"To Be Continued", curated by Rebecca Smith and Matt Keegan, Bellwether, Art In General and Parlour Projects, November, 2000 thru January 2001,


Resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts on developing the project Cidade Secreta (Secret City) together with Jose Fujocka Neto for the exhibition "Altered Spaces: Rituals of Exchange", Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada, 1996


Premio Estimulo para Ensaio Fotografico (Incentive Grant for Photo Essay), sponsored by Sao Paulo's State Council for the Arts, Brazil, 1994

Selected Publications

"O Auto-Retrato na (da) Arte Contemporanea" by Tadeu Chiarelli, "Deslocamentos do Eu: O Auto-Retrato Digital e Pre-Digital na Arte Brasileira, 1976-2001" exhibition catalog, July, 2001

"The new generation of Brazilian Artists" by Celso Fioravante, Antarctica Artes com a Folha exhibition catalog, September, 1998

"Contamination and Resistance" by Daniela Bousso, City Canibal exhibition catalog, Paco das Artes. September, 1998

"Mostra rastreia criatividade da geracao 90" by Jose Roberto Aguilar, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, 9/18/1998

"Postais revelam Sao Paulo sem glamour" by Fernando Oliva, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, 9/16/1998

"Photography in Brazil in the 1990's" by Tadeu Chiarelli, Lapiz magazine. July-September, 1997


Bachelor of Communication Studies, Publicity and Advertising, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992

General Studies Program, International Center of Photography, New York, 1999


to do list:
1. Get more tourist NYC postcards and black out cityscape with marker or maybe cut out the city and leave just the beautiful Photoshop skies;

2. Make Wire's "154" cover cut outs;

3. Decide between "Assume Vivid Astro Focus" (A.V.A.F.), "Vivid Astro Focus Explode" (V.A.F.E.) and "Astro Focus Kiss Kiss Kiss" (A.F.K.K.). Work on new business cards;

4. Research chandelier and fireworks images at the Public Library. Maybe videotape 4th of July. Print big stickers with the images;

5. Work on an Atari-like, colorful firework animation/game over white background;

6. Work on music video mixing the Xanadu background (from the Olympus scene) with the 6ths song "Just Like a Movie Star". Research clothing: romantic surfer type, bleached blond hair, Converse flip-flops, silver shorts. Use MTV-like credits. Use a TFT LCD screen and Aiwa headphones;

7. Next music video: Panda Bear and Avey Tare's "Alvin Bow" with Partridge Family reflection on swimming pool image, Sissel on transparent floating white dress, Fall leaves, rotating Himalayan hills;

8. Iron-on Partridge Family instruments from coloring book;

9. Use Ride On t-shirt background image as Assume Vivid Astro Focus logo. Change colors and research logo as wall sticker (just like buses' and trucks');

10. Make a huge Nancy Drew drawing from lunch box;

11. Write Christophe and Daniel about Assume Vivid Astro Focus, explain project, propose collaborations and that they use A.V.A.F. as a brand name and make their own projects with it;

12. Sky puzzle?

13. Other future music videos: "Freebird" by Lynard Skynard (solo guitar); "Etwas Zeit" by Mikron 64; Reiko Kudo; Beatles' "Across the Universe";

14. Get Pierre Huyghe's contact with Helmut. Send my materials to him and request permission (?) to use Annlee in a future project;

15. Finish rainbow wall-drawing;

16. Work on more striped t-shirts from H+M with Ride On logo;

17. Buy Legion of Super Heroes compilation books;

18. Collect picture discs and coloring books. Look for: Dallas, Man from Atlantis, Land of the Lost, Isis, Ultra Seven, Banana Split, Laverne & Shirley, Dune;

19. Research Gerwald Rockenshaub, Sigmar Polke, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Olafur Eliasson, Rob Pruitt, Franz Ackerman, Ed Ruscha, General Idea, Olaf Breuning, Sol LeWitt;

20. Get a bulletin board for outside the studio, work on invitation for john connelly presents, improve e-mailing list;

21. Study GoLive! And work on Andrea Zittel's site (www.zittel.org) and cheapcream.com;

22. Get a new scanner w/ slide carrier, portable 30GB harddrive, another 256 RAM, new G4 700 Mhz processor, Epson printer w/ archival ink;

23. Cat food and cat litter, Kusco-Murphy lavander hair cream and H+M white jeans;

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