Ryan Trecartin

The Re’Search (Re’Search Wait’S), 2009-2010

If you ever thought you were crazy, watch RYAN TRECARTIN‘s videos and think again!

Since the debut of his first feature-length video, the 2004 A Family Finds Entertainment, RYAN TRECARTIN has created a series of videos (all available on internet) or movies as TRECARTIN calls them, which have been heralded as expressions of today’s information overload. With a wild energy and frenetic editing, he choreographs a cracked parallel universe where an extended supporting cast of young, energetic cross-dressers; eccentrics; globally ambitious hobbyists; friendly freaks; and the odd child or household pet teeter giddily at the intersection of art, reality television and social networking.

In these videos characters screech and squeal, debate and argue in high-pitched Chipmunkese or bottom-feeding growls; scenes jump-cut back and forth; makeup is a form of painting in its own right. Images (and characters) multiply, split and mutate. Gender, identity and skin tone are nothing if not fluid, and plotlines are aggressively nonlinear. Corporate game plans and family ties entangle, often with great intensity of feeling. Tweets and text messages blink on the screen, and spoken language seems on the verge of reinvention. People break things, jump into pools, make paintings, tip over sculpture. – by ROBERTA SMITH for NYTimes

RYAN TRECARTIN was born in Webster, Texas. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island in 2004 where he met her collaborator, LIZZIE FITCH. His first solo exhibition Any Ever traveled from the Power Plant, Toronto in 2009 to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2010, then to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL in 2011 and MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, New York in 2011.

If you are not claustrophobic, I suggest you to watch more via UbuWeb. And additionally, there is a great news: Any Ever, the first major exhibition in France by American artists RYAN TRECARTIN and LIZZIE FITCH will be presented at MaM, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, from October 18, 2011 until January 8th, 2012. See you there!

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