1980s-born wünderkind Ryan Trecartin’s frantic video practice speaks of a generation raised by the Internet, with the attendant identity crises and overstimulation engendered therein.
Curated by Helena Reckitt and Jon Davies
Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever marks the first Canadian solo exhibition by the rising American artist with a sprawling seven-piece video suite amalgamating his ambitious new four-part series, Re’Search Wait’S, as well as his acclaimed video triptych Trill-ogy Comp (2009).
Destabilizing and amazing his audiences, Trecartin’s hyperactive, collaborative performance and video art practice embraces an aesthetic of chaotic excess to realize his heady explorations of consumer culture and fractured identity in the digital age. With an insomniac energy and frenetic editing, Trecartin choreographs a cracked parallel universe only slightly more surreal than the one we actually inhabit.
His most ambitious exhibition to date, Trecartin’s frenzied riffs on our increasingly virtual world in Any Ever will be staged inside a network of "containers" in The Power Plant’s largest gallery.
Ryan Trecartin was born in Webster, Texas, in 1981 and was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently based in Philadelphia. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2008), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008) and Kunsthalle Wien (2009), and was included in such group exhibitions as USA Today at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2006) and The Generational: Younger than Jesus at the New Museum, New York (2009). In 2009, Trecartin won the inaugural Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts, and was named Best New Artist of the Year in the First Annual Art Awards at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.