Ryan Trecartin’s video work is hallucinatory, hilarious, occasionally terrifying and vitally post-cinematic. A featured exhibitor at MoMA PS1, MOCA and elsewhere, at 28 Trecartin is quickly becoming an important figure in the art world. Despite that, his work is great. In Sibling Topics (section a) (2009), perhaps his funniest video, Trecartin plays quadruplet sisters on their 27th birthdays in the near-future, celebrating by entering elaborate virtual reality ‘premises’.
Trecartin plays with linguistic and emotive construction of personality by breaking with normative appearance and voice experienced at a frantic and sometimes overwhelming pace. Sibling Topics is a particularly clear and accessible example of Trecartin’s work. And did we mention that it’s hilarious?