Charles Atlas presents two new video installations in a gallery exhibition entitled the past is here, the futures are coming. His piece 2003 combines video portraits of artists based in New York City working across a variety of disciplines with found television footage from that year. Ranging from performance artist Julie Atlas Muz and writer Eileen Myles to choreographer Yvonne Rainer, these pieces were first created in 2003 as part of Atlas’s project called “Instant Fame!” Working in the lower level of Participant Inc., Atlas created the portraits on-site in real time, simultaneously projecting a live mix of the material in the gallery space above. His second installation entitled The Years is a large-scale, multi-channel video graveyard that is a meditation on the relevance of Atlas’ work in an unknown future.
The gallery exhibition is accompanied by The Kitchen Follies, a series of performances in The Kitchen's theater space May 3–5 and 10–12 that will showcase a range of artists chosen by Atlas across performance art, dance, and music, staged as a performance art variety show. Atlas will film each performance live, projecting back manipulated footage in real time. For more information please click here.
Organized by Katy Dammers and Tim Griffin
Exhibition: March 28–May 12
Opening March 28, 6–8pm
Charles Atlas, 2003, 2018. Installation photo: Jason Mandella.
Charles Atlas, The Years, 2018. Installation photo: Jason Mandella.
Charles Atlas: the past is here, the futures are coming is made possible with lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts; generous support from Luhring Augustine, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Suzy Coue-Wilson & Edward Wilson, Eileen & Michael Cohen, Jeffrey Deitch, and Barbara & Howard Morse; annual grants from Cowles Charitable Trust, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Banner Photo: Charles Atlas, The Years, 2018.
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