Ryan Trecartin and adjunct New Museum curator Lauren Cornell are curating the New Museum’s third Generational Triennial, which focuses exclusively on the work of emerging artists from around the world. Cornell was part of the curatorial team for the first triennial, ‘Younger Than Jesus’, that included an installation by Trecartin, and the 2015 event will be the artist’s first project as curator.
Above: excerpt from Ryan Trecartin’s Re’Search Wait’S, which featured in the first Generational Triennial in 2009
LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art is launching its own video channel on YouTube. MOCA TV will feature a range of arts-focused programming including a weekly art news roundup called The Art News Network, a documentary series on street art, and – wait for it – a ‘post-reality and talk show’ hosted by Ryan Trecartin. MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch (who is also the channel’s executive) claims; “MOCA TV will be the ultimate digital extension of the museum, aggregating, curating and generating the strongest artistic content from around the world for a new global audience of people who are engaged in visually oriented culture”.
(Above: excerpt from Ryan Trecartin’s ‘I BE AREA’, 2011)
Deborah Harry arrives at the 2011 LA MOCA Gala
Last week choreographer Yvonne Rainer sent an open letter to LA MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch criticising the working conditions of the LA MOCA Gala’s performers or ‘centrepieces’ – some of whom were required to spend three hours with their heads protruding from tabletops, whilst slowly rotating on lazy susans (they were offered $150 and a one-year MOCA membership for their troubles). And now Gala Artistic Director Marina Abramovic and her co-performer Deborah Harry have come under fire for their performance at last night’s event.
Harry butchers her cake-y likeness as Abramovic looks on
After being carried on stage wrapped in a shroud of plastic, Harry belted out ‘Heart of Glass’ before she and Abramovic proceeded to butcher naked life-size sculptures of themselves with carving knives. Their eviscera (which was in fact red velvet cake) was then fed to dinner guests by a harem of shirtless men. But not all of the attendees were amused, with Dita Von Teese tweeting “‘This must be art, because it sure ain’t entertainment” and others chanting ‘Violence Against Women!’.
The rotating head of Ryan Trecartin
If guests planned on sharing their cake with the centrepieces they had another thing coming, following written instructions from the management that ‘no touching, feeding, offering drink or disrespecting the centrepiece’ was to take place. But Ryan Trecartin (above) took matters into his own hands and got right into the thick of it, indulging in a little rotation himself.
According to the Huffington Post, Ryan Trecartin is leaving his New York dealer Elizabeth Dee. Trecartin began working with the gallerist in 2007 when he screened what turned out to be his break-through feature-length film I-Be-Area (above). Dee went on to produce a number of Trecartin’s films.
Trecartin still shows with Paris gallery, New Galerie but there’s no word yet on his new representation in New York.
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.