Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | April 12, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 6pm | Ryan Trecartin in person!

Still from Sibling Topics (Section A) (Ryan Trecartin, 2009). Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery.
Still from “Sibling Topics (Section A)” (Ryan Trecartin, 2009). Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery.

“Both in form and in function, Ryan Trecartin’s video practice advances understandings of post-millennial technology, narrative, and identity, while also propelling these matters as expressive mediums. His work depicts worlds where consumer culture and interactive systems are amplified to absurd or nihilistic proportions and characters circuitously strive to find agency and meaning in their lives. The combination of assaultive, nearly impenetrable avant-garde logics and equally outlandish virtuoso uses of color, form, drama, and montage produces a sublime, stream-of-consciousness effect that feels bewilderingly true to life” (Kevin McGarry). This evening, as part of a special two-part presentation organized by the Visiting Artists Program and Conversations at the Edge, Trecartin will introduce two pieces from his latest project, Trill-ogy Comp (2009-10): Sibling Topics (Section A) (2009) and P.opular S.ky (section ish) (2009). Trecartin will give an overview of his practice on  April 14 at 6pm in the SAIC Columbus Auditorium. Ryan Trecartin, 2009, USA, HDCAM video, ca. 90 min.

RYAN TRECARTIN (b. 1981, Webster, TX) holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2004). Trecartin, whose videos have screened all over the world–from Belgrade and Basel to Brazil–is the recipient of the first Jack Wolgin Prize in the Fine Arts (2009), presented by Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, as well as a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2008). He has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and The Power Plant, Toronto, among others. Group exhibitions include: The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York; the 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York; Installations II: Video from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbão; the 2008 Busan Biennale, South Korea; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and many more. Trecartin lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.


Ryan Trecartin on YouTube

Ryan Trecartin at Elizabeth Dee Gallery

Ryan Trecartin in the New York Times


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