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About Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin is best known for his glitchy videos that combine layers of sound, narrative, and computer effects into an information-saturated world of Internet Age banality. When he emerged in the aughts as the strange voice of a new generation, critic Peter Schjeldahl declared Trecartin the most consequential artist since the 1980s. The RISD grad works with an expansive team of collaborators, including child actors and creative partner Lizzie Fitch, with whom he shares a sprawling warehouse studio in L.A. His multifaceted works, often released online, center on the way technology is changing our perceptions of ourselves as “people simultaneously negotiate divergent presentations of themselves for a variety of contexts.” Such concepts are played out onscreen in the language of millennial teen culture, as self-aware actors play to the camera, reflecting a generation shaped by media overstimulation and big-box consumption. In 2009, Trecartin received the Calvin Klein Collection New Artist of the Year Award at the Rob Pruitt’s First Annual Art Awards, Solomon F. Guggenheim Museum. Recent shows include "Ryan Trecartin/Lizzie Fitch" at Regen Projects, LA and the Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2014; and "Ryan Trecartin: SITE VISIT", Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin. He will also be in the New Museum’s "Generational Triennial" planned for 2015.

American, b. 1981, Webster, Texas, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Co-Workers: Network as Artist, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
2006
The Philly Vernacular Spectacular Extravaganza, University of Pennsylvania, University Museum, Philadelphia, PA, United States