The Power Plant

Ryan Trecartin

26 Mar - 24 May 2010

© Ryan Trecartin
P.opular (section ish), 2009.
HD Video, Duration 40 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York.
Any Ever

26 March - 24 May, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, 25 March, 8-11 PM
Curated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs, and Jon Davies, Assistant Curator of Public Programs of The Power Plant

‘Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever’ is the first Canadian solo exhibition by the American wünderkind, a sprawling seven-video suite amalgamating his ambitious new four-part series, Re’Search Wait’S as well as his acclaimed 2009 video triptych Trill-ogy Comp.

Destabilizing and amazing his audiences, Trecartin’s hyperactive and collaborative performance and video art practice embraces a lo-fi 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 (born in Webster, Tex., 1981) was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and 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.

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