Charles Atlas is a visual media artist that focuses on visual blending between video clips. In the past most of his works were live, using live footage and visually mixing them on the spot creating art on the fly. Almost challenging himself with a thought out installation, which seems interesting for a digital media artist.
The piece consists of two rooms connected by a large door way, in one room is three typography videos, each connected in theme, a sunset on a Florida beach. Through visual effects, different lenses, or by changes of the weather atlas gives a variation to mix and sample for the complete piece. In the center of this room is clock counting down, changing in color and projected down onto a thin fabric screen. In the next room with this video in sync with the other rooms a woman atlas names “Lady Bunny” for awhile discusses several topics important for todays culture whether it be social or political.
Atlas blends several individual videos into this typography sunset conveying several themes that is touched on in the video portraying “Lady Bunny” speaking about socio-political issues. Atlas carefully mutes sections of video to “have her say what I want her to say,” He carefully mutes both rooms/video preformances to derive a stronger impact and play into the drama of the piece. The pieces counts down into this final jarring climax of silence, the sun sets on every beach displayed and every room is black, a few seconds left. At zero the video of “Lady Bunny” is displayed again and it is her rather being serious about the problems with the world her singing, the one lyric that sticks with me is “You are the one,” it draws out so much positivity after and almost serious, deep, and personal piece.
Charles Atlas brings forth his untapped potential in this installation and gives forth what you would see in his live performance pieces that he would do with other artists. His piece is successful at drawing a viewers interest through this ominous countdown then leaving with such a positive note to relate to after this awareness of the quality of the world. It is a way to provoke with out inciting negative attitudes towards this awareness. As a society we avoid people with petitions or lost dog signs like the plague because we want to avoid the truth of how nasty the world is. We rarely here of terrorism attacks in the middle east, or how people are starving or enslaved we only care about domestic celebrity’s and how they feel versus the young and sick in Africa. Atlas rewards those who stay for the awareness of what is going on and puts his talents to the test.