The Presence of Absence, 2009
Video Projection
8 x 7 ft. 


Richard Garet interweaves various media including moving image, sound, expanded photography, and multimedia performance. In work ranging from modified environments to installation, with specificity towards media and space, Garet constructs immersive situations that draw attention to the processes of perception, which activate sensorial, physical, and psychological phenomena that reflects on the nature and experience of time. Garet's pieces, whether conceptual in origin or stemming from his investigation of complex systems and algorithmic translations, are informed by the background noise established not only by mass media culture but also by the collective experience of the world that surrounds him. Garet’s reductive process seeks to invert the normative function of this background noise, drawing it up from unconscious status to active presence. He finds further inspiration from observing isolated situations of everyday life and from material interactions that incorporate problems of context, technology, defunctionalization, commodity, and environment.     

About Richard Garet 

Richard Garet holds an MFA from Bard College. Award and grants include the Jerome Foundation Residency Grant through the Clocktower, Art-on-Air; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; the Jerome Foundation Residency Grant through issue project room; and the New York State Council on the Arts Grant through Lehman College. He completed an artist production studio residency at the Clocktower, NYC in 2013; an artist in residency at Issue Project Room, NYC in 2010; and in 2006 was artist in residence at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Scottsdale, Arizona. Recent exhibitions and performances include International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia; Bioderivas, Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Tenerife, Spain; Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York; Soundings: a Contemporary Score, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Extraneous to the Message, Julian Navarro Projects, NY; the Spacious Now and the Scale of the Instantaneous, Studio 10, NY; 5x5 Real Unreal, Museum of Art Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela; EAC: Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay; Fine Arts Museum of Montreal; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain; Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and El Museo del Barrio, NYC. His sonic constructions have been published through sound art labels such as 23five, and-OAR, Non Visual Objects, Winds Measure Recordings, Unframed Recordings, Con-V, Leerraum, White_line editions, obs, and contour editions.