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Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture
Ryan Trecartin is an artist born in Webster, Texas in 1981. Over the past ten years he has produced a diverse body of work including videos, installations, and sculptures, which has been widely influential within and beyond the art world. In the words of The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl, he is “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties.” Trecartin and his longtime collaborator Lizzie Fitch have maintained an itinerant practice, living and working in Rhode Island, New Orleans, Ohio, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles, where their studios are now located. Trecartin’s work is often associated with technology and the plurality of voices being explored by his emerging generation. It explores matters of language, community, and modern existentialism through complex narratives that are equally sinister and humorous. His signature style of heavy sound and image editing further complicates these stories to an almost ungraspable degree, while imbuing them with a lyricism grounded in the raw mechanics of cinema, and increasingly, of various forms of popular entertainment. Trecartin’s work has been the subject of several solo museum exhibitions in the United States and internationally—including most recently the 55th Venice Biennale—and is held in numerous prominent public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, among many others. In late 2014, he will present solo exhibitions at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. He is co-curator with Lauren Cornell of the 3rd New Museum Triennial which will take place in winter 2015 in New York. In 2010 he participated in Rhizome’s inaugural Seven on Seven conference organized by Cornell, during which he and Tumblr founder David Karp developed a streaming video website called River The Net.