Katamura, Katie. Kunzro, Hari. Oct 2011. "Ryan Trecartin: In conversation" frieze.com https://frieze.com/article/ryan-trecartin-conversation
This online article is an interview with Contemporary Artist Ryan Trecartin. Via questions directed at the artist the writer further investigates and elaborates on the underlying meanings in Trecartin’s work. Trecartin explains that his projects usually start with words, written or audio. Visual components are also linked to lynguistic components: logos, products, graphic design, interfaces etc. The script is then expanded from these basic elements, and spatially different characters, signifiers, mentalities and accents form. What is actually filmed then stems from the script in a synergy between script, situation and performers. The performers are given free agency to create something new, to create additional meaning/s that were not originally intended.
The reason I have chosen this article, is that in a new way Trecartin is also repurposing cultural elements into a new form. The work is multifaceted and fractured, which I find relates to the digital and physical world we now inhabit. My own creative project is also making use of existing cultural signifiers and repurposing them, to place the viewer in a similar non-linier, fragmented cultural and psychological landscape.
Trecartin, Ryan. 2017. "OMG! WTF! (overcommunication) - The Thing About...Art &
This video commences with the artist Ryan Trecartin explaining his artwork and creative practice. He explains that he is trying to comment on how people are sculpting out a space with conversation, but without it being clear what they are saying, and how via non verbal communication somehow the meaning in these interactions is still conveyed. He creates works inspired by these kind of interactions and how to him they collectively create a thematic or singular didactic meaning. He then acts this out, and via multiple bodies communicates a singular concept. He then elaborates on the concept, in relation to his video artwork ‘The centre of Jenny’, he references social media, and how the interface dictates your engagement with others in a way, and raises the question ‘do you want to be in a hub, or do you want to be in an environment that has tools that you can use freely’, and expands that this is about free will. Characters are like reflected, fragmented versions of stereotypes.
The reason I have chosen to look further into this video, is I can see that in different way than what I am doing at the moment, Trecartin is also extracting elements of culture and repurposing them to analyse and critique the world we live in. His works are quite condensed in the meaning they convey, which is unsettling and destabling for the viewer. However, I find the fact that the works are nuanced in a new and interesting way is intriguing, as you are learning to navigate a new space he has created when viewing them. I would also like to aspire to create artworks that also have intricate and unsettling meanings to the viewer in the future, and think I will keep Trecartin as an ongoing reference to feed and inspire complex meanings in my work.