Avaf x Maria Brito
The exuberance of avaf’s artworks, designs, colors and compositions have proven to be the perfect combination for Maria to design a collection that includes handmade acrylic clutches, printed foldover bags, necklaces, shawls/wraps and more, all manufactured in New York. In the same style of her previous collections, Maria, using the experience that comes from more of 15 years as a contemporary art collector and more than six running a successful art and design advisory firm based in New York City, immersed herself in avaf’s archives containing more than 1500 artworks. Maria chose the pieces and details that translated the best for this Resort collection extracting patterns, designing repeats and using a wide variety of materials ranging from acrylic, cotton jacquard and enamel for one of the most exciting and exclusive limited edition art-fashion collections to date.
The collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf) has been dazzling the art world since 1994 with its exuberant, visually spectacular room-size installations. Its members are Eli Sudbrack born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and based in New York City and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson born and based in Paris, France. Avaf fuses drawing, sculpture, video, and performance into carnavalesque installations in which gender, politics, and cultural codes float freely. Their work has appeared in major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Tate Liverpool Centro De Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia; the New Museum in New York City; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Osloand the Whitney Biennial in 2004. Visual and products collaborations include Marc Jacobs, Nike, MAC Cosmetics, Comme des Garçons and Lady Gaga and Barney’s for The Gaga Workshop among many others. In 2010, avaf’s work was documented in a gorgeous visual tome published by Rizzoli Books. Avaf and their work have been extensively covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Uomo, W Magazine, T Magazine, WWD, Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Frieze Magazine, The New York Observer, The New Yorker, V Magazine, Architectural Digest and many more.