Ryan Trecartin's video A Family Finds Entertainment is now a decade old. With the serious intent of Bill Viola and Nam June Paik fused with PCP into the Tom Rubnitz and John Waters school of filmmaking, Trecartin heralded the rise of the DIY, YouTube auteur that is so common these days.
Born in 1981, he's been a product -- through action or inaction -- of the video game generation but with enough of a cognizant experience of that generation's transitional period to emerge without being jaded while fully embracing the absurd.
Campy and provocative, Trecantin has been proclaimed by The New Yorker as "the most consequential artist to emerge since the 1980s." His installations and videos are theatrical, often pushy échanges violents, that the upcoming Helen Venero Artist Lecture Series describes as "seen as a watershed for their exploration of the profound shifts in culture and social interaction that are defining our current moment." His worlds are populated with intricate layers of absurdist narratives.
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