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MATE is a series dedicated to sound and moving image presentations that are derived from ideas, processes, material, and media experimentation. This series attempts to present from within a large spectrum of today’s experimentalists, the work of artists that are vigorously contributing to our cultural landscape. These sound and moving image performances can be expected to range from algorithmic media and technology oriented gizmos to the wide range of analog media while engaging in approaches such as improvisation, composition, performance-installation, and interdisciplinary methods and techniques that expand on both artistic practice and audience reception. Each evening will be be orchestrated around a specific focus.

MATE_series is organized by Richard Garet
Set 1: Thomas Dexter
Set 2: Melissa Clarke
Set 3: CHIKA and Chris DeLaurenti

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, 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 Galllery, 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.

Thomas Dexter is Brooklyn-based artist and performer working with light and sound. Thomas’ artwork explores the perceptual errors, exchanges, and limits that shape our finite understanding of the world around us. Often this manifests in compositional systems through which images generate sounds and sounds generate images. Action/Film is an expanded cinema performance that uses direct animation on 16mm film-leader, light-to-sound synthesis, and the destruction of the film itself. It is part of a larger body of work that explores filmmaking at the end of film – through interventions into the history and possible futures of experimental cinema.Thomas’ solo and collaborative projects have been featured at PS1, Experimental Intermedia, Roulette, The Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, the New Museum Festival of New Ideas, Art in Odd Places, Issue Project Room, Sideshow Gallery, the Mononoaware festival, Bushwick BetaSpaces, the Index Festival 2011, and most recently at the Splatterpool art space. He is also a member of the Future Archaeology collective.

Melissa Clarke is a Brooklyn, ny based interdisciplinary artist primarily creating multimedia installations using sound, video, and interactive art. She also creates participatory works and conceptual design projects. Her work addresses geography, land, the atmosphere, water, weather, and other ‘vibrant’ materials, while considering our comingled relations with these things. Her work unfolds in temporal sound and video sculptures, experiential installations, performances, single-channel generative media compositions, still images, and three-dimensional or printed designs. Clarke often works across mediums as a series unfolds, such as her recent work untitled Antarctica, which deals with seismic data and mapping, while looking toward considerations of wilderness and technology at the nexus of human experience, science, and information collection. Clarke has shown in small experimental venues and with larger institutions, including: Issue Project Room, NY; the Electronic Music Foundation, NY; and the Queens Museum, NY. Clarke has exhibited internationally including the International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2010, Venezuela. Clarke received her masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

CHiKA is a visual and an interactive artist with the international VJ background and experimental music scene. Her visual art work vary from minimalist geometric patterns to unique compositions overflowing with a variety of forms and color. Her work has been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, The Hammer Museum, Sun Francisco Art Institute, Geneva Centre de Art Contemporain, Matadero Madrid, Theatre Maisonneuve, Biennial in Venezuel, New York University, Cooper Union, University of Pennsylvania, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Issue Project Room, Galapagos Art Space, Harvest Works, Eyebeam, The Front Room Gallery, The Ise Gallery, Mutek, Mapping Festival, Decibel Festival, Blip Festival and Ingenuity Festival.

Christopher DeLaurenti makes field recordings at unusual confluences of sound, silence, performance, and everyday life. His solo albums include “Favorite Intermissions” (GD Stereo), “N30: Live at the WTO Protest” (unAmerican Archive) and “of silences intemporally sung: Luigi Nono’s Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima” (reductive). Chris has appeared on several compilations notably “physical, absent, tangible” (contour editions), “Hearing Place” (Move), and “Electroacoustic Music Volume 02” (Elektramusic). Chris holds an MFA from Bard College and teaches electronic music, performance art, and composition sporadically at colleges and universities across the US. Much of his work is free on-line at 

Date + Time
Saturday, June 30

The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.