Richard Garet works interweaving multiple media including moving image, sound, live performances, and photography. He completed his MFA at Bard College, and was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Grant. He currently has an artist residency at Issue Project Room, NY, and previously completed a residency at
Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and Scottsdale, Arizona in 2006. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Never Can Say Goodbye at the former Tower Records store; Sonochrome: an exhibition of recent works by Richard Garet, at the Public Trust Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Leervoll, Diapason Gallery; and previous exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain; Biennial Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; el Museo del Barrio, NYC; and more. His sound compositions have been published through sound based labels such as And-Oar, Non Visual Objects, Winds Measure Recordings, Unframed Recordings, Con-V, Leerraum, White_Line Editions, and Contour Editions. Additionally Garet co-curates with Louky Keijsers Koning, the monthly performance event LMAKseries, which integrates film, video, sound art, and media performance into the gallery's mission at LMAK Projects in the L.E.S, NYC. Garet also currently directs the independent media label Contour Editions publishing works that explore the various possibilities of sound and light.
Richard Garet is interested in the phenomena found and produced in time-based media, and human beings' relationship with both artificial and natural environments. His audiovisual exploratory steps are focused on concept and function, material and process, listening, viewing, and experience. Even though Garet’s work suits the standard gallery setting, many of his other activities as an artist explore the various practices of experimental sound and video performance. All of these modes are additional ways in which Garet’s work exposes the audience to real time explorations of audiovisual processes, emphasizing the experiential, the sensorial, and the active-reception of the body and mind. Richard Garet states, “when creating a piece I reflect on what the work is meant to accomplish, how it functions in relationship to the space, how it affects the audience, and how sound and visual content are connected to one another. These questions determine my choices and influence the direction of the work.”
Richard Garet is also interested in the vast landscape of noise that surrounds him, and how these noises establish the background-sonic-field that he experiences on a daily basis; consciously or unconsciously. The material for making his pieces emerges from this arena where sounds manifest from all directions and inevitably he becomes the receptor of such phenomena. He's interested in how what he hears constantly derives from living situations and existential conditions and how the sonic world is constantly changing and modifying living experiences. Garet observes and pays attention to these mechanics and situations where sound is attached to function, purpose, commodity, decay, transformation, and environment. These sonic situations encapsulated in architectural structures or open without walls are very much responsible for activating sensations and states that trigger experiential, psychological, intellectual, emotional, and political responses. Some examples are media noise, the sounds of traffic, the sounds found in a nuclear plant, sounds created by electrical objects of commodity, the sounds of a street protest, the sounds encountered within the walls of a room, and appropriated sounds from mass media communication such as pop music and recorded sounds found in the internet. The transformations and transpositions applied to each work focus on voicing not only the formal musical potential of the material but also the politics attached to its content. Garet's intention is that his work function not only highlighting the experiential and listening qualities of the piece but also offering accessibility to its content, and that the subject matter activates the intellectual and political prospects of the work.
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