Charles Atlas
Sheffield Institute of Arts

153 Arundel Street,
S1 2NU

10am–5pm (8pm Wednesdays)

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.