Can’t make it to Los Angeles for tonight’s Outfest screening of artist-of-the-moment Ryan Trecartin‘s videos Sibling Topics and P.opular S.ky because you live in an art-deprived town? No big deal, win against geography and watch them online.
Trecartin’s commentary on and intelligent indulgence in the speed of everything Right Now finds its digital realization in the multiple screen brain-scramble Any Ever, a non-sequential, seven-video work with collaborator Lizzie Fitch that spent the early part of this year at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art and currently assaults viewers at New York’s PS1 MOMA.
Sibling and P.opular come from that larger body of videos and make for a bracing introduction to Trecartin’s signature maelstrom of warp-speed internet meme cycles, reality television’s “not here to make friends” babble, stingingly funny conceptual one-liners, hyper-aggressive me-me-me-ism and frantic tween code-switching attention spans. Add some clown make-up damage, unintelligible squealing and actual physical destruction and you’ve got the kind of art experience only Xanax can cure. If “amazing” weren’t over as a superlative that’s what you could call it.
Back to that online promise from a paragraph ago: watch Sibling Topics here, P.opular Sky here, more of Any Ever and older work on Vimeo and YouTube. And if you still can’t get enough, Trecartin’s collaborated with Tumblr’s David Karp on RiverOfThe.net, an almost soothing stream of disconnected images where you’re guaranteed never to see the same series of meditations on static, brooding Ikea chairs, swingset disasters, wrongheaded lipstick application and existential despair in a supermarket cereal aisle twice.