2001. of surfaces suggests an incremental process of reduction. Compositional focus placed in the space between sounds and silence. Barely audible events negotiated through surfaces-implied sounds heard through the conduit of a surface, sounds in another room, in between and beyond surface levels create the fabric of this work. of surfaces is a space between the Chartier's pointalist series and the layered orchestrations of decisive forms exploring the relationship between sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening.
Richard Chartier, minimal sound artist/composer and graphic designer, has recorded critically acclaimed solo recordings for such labels as Trente Oiseaux (Germany), LINE (USA), Meme (Japan), Fallt (Ireland) as well collaborative works with Nosei Sakata (*0) and Taylor Deupree on 12k (USA). For his previous cd on LINE, series, Chartier was awarded one of twelve Honorable Mentions in the category of Digital Music by the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica, 2001 (Linz, Austria). series has also been selected to be exhibited in the upcoming Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, March-May of 2002. His work has been featured on a number of international compilations including 2001's Clicks & Cuts 2 (Mille Plateaux, Germany) and in Computer Music Journal in conjunction with the essay "The Aesthetics of Failure: Post-Digital Tendencies in Contemporary Computer Music" by Kim Cascone (MIT Press, USA).
Both his visual and sound works have been exhibited in many galleries and artspaces including the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Washington Project for the Arts Projectspace, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the past several years, he has been invited to perform his sound work at live events in the United States, Canada, and the UK including such noted international electronic music festivals as MUTEK (Montreal), Lovebytes (Sheffield) and Transmissions (Chicago).