Richard Chartier (b.1971), sound/installation artist and graphic designer, has created critically acclaimed recordings for labels such as 12k/LINE (USA), Raster-Noton (Germany), Die Stadt (Germany), Spekk (Japan), NonVisualObjects (Austria), Mutek_rec (Canada), DSP (Italy), ERS (Netherlands), and Trente Oiseaux (Germany), including collaborations with noted artists Taylor Deupree, William Basinski, COH, and Asmus Tietchens and has appeared on numerous international compilations. His digital minimalist work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening.
Chartier’s sound works and sound installations have been presented internationally including at the exhibits Sounding Spaces at ICC (Tokyo, Japan), I Moderni / The Moderns at Castello di Rivoli (Torino, Italy), 2002 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), Resynthesis at The Art Institute of Chicago and with the travelling sound exhibit Invisible Cities created by digital media curators Fehler as well as solo and collaborative installations for Fusebox (DC), 1515 Arts/G Fine Art (DC), Die Schachtel (Milan, Italy), and Diapason (NY). He has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America at MUTEK (Montreal, Canada), GRM/Maison de Radio France (Paris, France), ICA (London, UK), Observatori (Valencia, Spain), DEAF (Dublin, Ireland), Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), Lovebytes (Sheffield, UK), The Leeds International Film Festival (Leeds,UK), The Rotterdam International Film Festival (NE), Garage (Stralsund, Germany), La Batie (Geneva, switzerland), and other noted digital art/music festivals and at exhibits such as Frequenzen [Hz] at the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, Germany) and A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968 and Visual Music at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).
In 2000 he formed the recording label LINE and has since curated its continuing documentation of compositional and installation work by international sound artists and composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism. The premiere release on LINE, Chartier’s Series was awarded Honorable Mention in the category of Digital Music by the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica, 2001 (Austria). In 2006 he was commissioned by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to create a collaborative sound performance work in conjunction with the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit. This work, entitled Specification.Fifteen was recently awarded one of five Honorable Mentions for outstanding contemporary artistic positions in digital media art by the Jury of Transmediale.07 Award Competition (Germany) and exhibited as a recording and premiered as a live performance with a new video work created from Sugimoto’s Seascapes at the Akademie der Kuenste (Berlin) and subsequently at Issue Project Room (NY).
In 2007, Chartier, invited by the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, curated two evenings of video and sound at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and at G Fine Art in Washington, DC and Ellipse Art Center in Arlington, VA (USA), entitled ColorField REMIX with an array of internationally noted new media artists responding to the 1950s and 1960s Color Field visual art movement and the Washington Color School, as part of a city wide celebration of this historical movement. An updated and expanded program screening, Colorfield Variations has subsequently been shown at festivals in New York and Seattle (USA), Brussels (Belgium), and Tel Aviv (Israel) and continues to travel. Chartier has most recently been invited to curate an extensive time based media exhibition focusing on contemporary sound and video installation work at the Art Gallery of the University of Maryland (USA) scheduled for early 2009.
Richard Chartier’s installation work is represented by G Fine Art in Washington, DC.