Artists & Designers

Charles Atlas (b. 1958)

Charles Atlas was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1958, and has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s. He has been a pioneering figure in film and video for over four decades, pushing the limits of his medium and forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. Throughout his production, the artist has consistently fostered collaborative relationships, working intimately with such artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima/New Humans, Antony and the Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, for whom he served as in-house videographer for a decade from the early 1970s through 1983. While Atlas is best known for his seminal work in the genre of “videodance”—an art form that explores the relationships between video, performance, and design—his production has also come to encompass a new visual vocabulary consisting of a monochrome palette and numbers in carefully choreographed motion displays created using digital editing software.

Adapted from

Jeffrey Grove, DMA unpublished material, 2012.

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