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New York based artist Charles Atlas has been a pioneer of ﬁlm and video for over four decades, developing new techniques and approaches across a range of genres to create work that intersects visual art, dance, ﬁlm and performance. Atlas has collaborated with dancers and choreographers including Michael Clark, Yvonne Rainer and Merce Cunningham to develop ‘mediadance’ – dances speciﬁcally produced to be captured on ﬁlm and video.
Atlas’ 2011 immersive video installation Painting by Numbers presents a shift in approach from some of his earlier work, employing choreography, but this time of digital numbers, which appear in beautiful swarming patterns, like particles of matter, constellations or code, vibrating through space. This multi-channel installation is exhibited along with two earlier works made in collaboration with Cunningham and his company, Channels / Inserts (1982) and Blue Studio: Five Segments (1975–76) which exploited new digital and ﬁlmic effects and processes.
Charles Atlas (born 1949, St. Louis, USA) lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely in institutions including: Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Luhring Augustine, New York (2015); Vilma Gold, London (2014); Bloomberg SPACE, London (2013); the De Hallen, Haarlem (2012); New Museum, New York (2011) and South London Gallery (2011).
Painting by Numbers, 2011. 3 channel synchronised video installation. (3 projections) silent 1/5, +2 APs.