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Charles Atlas at the Whitney Biannual 

Charles Atlas is a pioneering figure in film and video. Since the mid-1970s his experimental films, documentaries, broadcast works, multichannel installations, and live electronic performances have innovatively defined their mediums. A central aspect of his artistic practice has been deep collaborative relationships, particularly with performing artists such as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima and the New Humans, and many others. In his own words, “Although I have a deep interest in form and craft, the essence of my work resides ultimately in the relationships that develop with my subjects and my collaborators.”

Over the past decade, Atlas has become increasingly interested in live video improvisation: composing, editing, and projecting in real time. He presented an unfolding, weeklong live video environment punctuated by live performances with experimental musician William Basinski—whose haunting compositions often involve found and electronic sounds, repetitive loops, and documenting the aural disintegration of his earlier recordings on audio tape—and performance artist Johanna Constantine.

nycartscene:

Continues thru May 20:

The Illusion of Democracy
 Charles Atlas

Luhring Augustine Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Fri 10-6pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm

a solo exhibition of the American film and video artist Charles Atlas. Atlas is a pioneering figure in film and video; for over four decades he has stretched the limits of his medium, forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. Throughout his production, Atlas has consistently been deeply involved in fostering collaborative relationships, working intimately with such significant artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima and the New Humans, Antony and the Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, with whom he worked closely for a decade from the early 1970s through 1983.

This is the first, and probably one of only a fews posts about politics that this blog will ever have, but I couldn’t help smiling when I saw that hope is still alive, and that there’s still a chance for long term enduring change. 

Great panel about the current art scene in New York.

thepacegallery:

Last night, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate lead two panels of gallery owners and artists to discuss the ecosystem of the New York art world in 2012. The first panel included Sean Kelly, a top gallery owner, Carter Foster, a curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and artists, Pat Steir, and Fred Wilson. (via Events - The Greene Space: Artists and the Business of Art - The Greene Space)

(via publicartfund)

Source thegreenespace.org

Reblogged from Pace Gallery Blog

Tom Sachs: SPACE PROGRAM: MARS

Park Avenue Armory l Creative Time

May 18 – June 17, 2012

“One of the brightest, most entertaining, and most voraciously inquisitive artists on the contemporary scene.”
Artinfo

Artist Tom Sachs takes his SPACE PROGRAM to the next level with a four week mission to Mars that recasts the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall as an immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted scluptures. Using his signature bricolage technique and simple materials that comprise the daily surrounds of his New York studio, Sachs engineers the component parts of the mission—exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape—exposing as much the process of their making as the complexities of the culture they reference.

SPACE PROGRAM: MARS is a demonstration of all that is necessary for survival, scientific exploration, and colonization in extraterrestrial environs: from food delivery systems and entertainment to agriculture and human waste disposal. Sachs and his studio team of thirteen will man the installation, regularly demonstrating the myriad procedures, rituals, and tasks of their mission. The team will also “lift off” to Mars several times throughout their residency at the Armory, with real-time demonstrations playing out various narratives from take-off to landing, including planetary excursions, their first walk on the surface of Mars, collecting scientific samples, and photographing the surrounding landscape.

Beneath the compulsive tinkerer’s mentality and ribald wit that permeate SPACE PROGRAM: MARS, and Sachs’ work at-large, is a conceptual underpinning that addresses serious and profound issues—namely the commodification of abstract concepts such as originality, shock, newness, and mystery—expressing them in the personal and physical terms of production and process. With the recent shuttering of NASA’s shuttle program and the shifting focus towards privatized space travel, SPACE PROGRAM: MARS takes on timely significance within Sachs’s work, which provokes reflection on the haves and have-nots, utopian follies and dystopian realities, while asking barbed questions of modern creativity that relate to conception, production, consumption, and circulation. 

About Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs is a sculptor, installation artist, and painter known for his innovative renaming, examination, and questioning of icons of capitalist culture and systems of daily life. Sachs’ SPACE PROGRAM first launched in 2007 with a mission to the moon at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, inspired by and reimagining man’s first landing on the moon in 1969.

Sachs’ work has been included in many exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo. Major solo exhibitions include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2009), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003), the Bohen Foundation, New York (2002), and SITE Santa Fe (1999).

Born in New York in 1966, Sachs studied at the Architectural Association in London and received a B.A. from Bennington College, Vermont, in 1989.  He currently lives and works in New York.

SPACE PROGRAM: MARS is organized by Park Avenue Armory and CREATIVE TIME and is curated by Park Avenue Armory Consulting Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds and Creative Time President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak.