AMN Reviews: Richard Chartier – Interior Field (Line)

Site-specific work rendering architecture pliable while at the same time telling its very solid history. Los Angeles artist Richard Chartier originally presented Interior Field as an installation for Civilian Arts Projects in Washington, DC., combining field recordings made all over the world. The surround effect may have been engrossing in situ, but it works subtley and superbly as an at-home stereo experience, redefining itself as it redefines inside, outside and in-between. “Part 1” creaks and judders into being before spreading foggily. “Part 2” contains recordings made during a rainstorm at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a hundred-year-old water treatment plant arrestingly landscaped by architect and wildlife conservationist Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr.,  that local citizens are battling to save from partial demolition. The pock-pock of the raindrops has a tactile report as satisfying as bursting bubblewrap.