"The Laugh of Number 12," detail (1994)

"The Laugh of Number 12," detail, 1994
Installation at Fort Asperen Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland
Photo by Bob Goedewaagen
Courtesy the Artist

"Where did the shows come from? I went around to flea markets, and the old shoes were really cheap. And I asked the people I was working with...And it was built up so that surface was just shoes. It ended up having a connotation I'd never thought of...a strong suggestion of concentration camps. It wasn't really something that I intended. I really took as my area of interest the world of the foot fetish, and so I got into that and shoes as an aesthetic world that was very enclosed with rules, lots of interesting rules."

- Charles Atlas