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MOMA curator Klaus Biesenbach and performer Antony Hegarty at the opening of Charles Atlas, “The Illusion of Democracy,”2012, ¬†Luhring Augustine Bushwick
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Charles Atlas

MAPPING NEW TERRITORY
by Elisabeth Kley

The crowds that flocked to Bushwick for the opening of Luhring Augustine’s much-awaited new space on Feb. 17, 2012, were rewarded with “The Illusion of Democracy,” a spectacular display of video projections by the Charles Atlas (b. 1958), the media artist long known for his collaborations with the late Merce Cunningham. In several high-ceilinged galleries, Atlas has devised a computer-generated universe of illuminated numbers that seems to materialize on the walls out of the darkness, setting up a dialogue between order and chaos.

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