An exciting discovery at GoMA


GoMA’s collection-based show 21st Century (that featured work acquired within the past decade) traded on spectacle.¬† There were giant funslides, a room teeming with balloons and an installation involving live finches. ¬†Away from this kiddie friendly fare however, in a darkened room trimmed with chintzy red velvet curtains and an old couch lay, in Leg of Lamb’s opinion, the exhibition highlight – Ryan Trecartin’s film, A Family Finds Entertainment¬†(2004).

The young American creates outrageous videos and posts them online on YouTube¬†and Vimeo¬†under the pseudonym Wian Treetin. ¬†In A Family Finds Entertainment,¬†Trecartin and his friends appear dolled up in lurid DIY make-up and half-baked costumes improvising their way through loosely plotted¬†scenarios at hyper-real speed. Recalling tripped out manifestations of bad television,¬†these low-budget affairs address ‘youth culture’ through cheesy special effects, dressups and associated ‘Gen Y’ lingo as a means of reflecting upon a generation both affected¬†and affirmed¬†by media consumption.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
 
at the¬†Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, closed today, but you can view more of Ryan Trecartin’s work online here.

An exciting discovery at GoMA