Artist book developed in collaboration between the artist Eli Sudbrack and designer and editor Maria Lago.
The book is the avaf manifesto and an homage to brazilian concrete poetry, playing with words as images and representing the meanings through visual games.
The artist works under a pseudonym, assume vivid astro focus (avaf). Since many years he has been playing with the avaf initials and creating new avafs (which are used as email signatures, titles of exhibitions and works). Friends and other people that interact with the artist often send him new avafs creating a “word bank”.
For the typographical representation of these phrases, the choice was AVAF's font, inspired by Jenny Holzer’s “Truisms” that were displayed on large public electronic signs in the 1980’s, specially her insertions on Times Square LED signs. A political statement translated through a visual language that always inspired the artist’s work.
edition of 250 (50 of each color)
hand sewned, risograph printed
font design Coca Albers
design Maria Lago
avaf is represented by the galleries Casa Triângo, São Paulo and Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami.
The artist is part of several 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 and The Depart Foundation.