Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin, Photo: © Rhett LaRue

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin. Photo: Rhett LaRue

 

Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin (both *1981) are acclaimed for a collaborative practice that fuses non-linear films with immersive installations. Rhizome-like narratives and an imploding dramaturgical logic characterize their film and video work. Protagonists embody fluid gender roles and forms of fragmented subjectivity in a buoyant clash of reality TV- and social-media identity tropes. The American duo is currently based in Athens, Ohio. They conceive of their installations as “sculptural theaters” in which viewers themselves become actors.

 

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Fitch and Trecartin met in the early 2000s while studying at the Rhode Island School for Design. Even the early Valentine’s Day Girl (2001) and Wayne’s World (2003)—two of the first videos in which Fitch and Trecartin collaborated—are marked by a probing of pre-packaged psychologies. Other, later works including I-BE AREA (2007), Sibling Topics (section a) (2009) or CENTER JENNY (2013) find the artists radicalizing their artistic practice and expanding it to include large-scale installations that serve as “sculptural theaters” for watching their films. These offbeat environments can resemble labyrinths, living- and bedroom suites or obstacle courses.

Both the videos and the installations are group efforts, developed in collaboration with artists, friends and roommates roughly the same age as Fitch and Trecartin. The subculture of their generation (so-called “millennial culture”) is the works’ starting point, reference and setting in one. While older works mostly explore themes having to do with gender and community, the more recent Temple Time (2016) or Property Bath (2019) also focus on the aging of this generation, its interest in ecology and new, rural ways of life.

Although Fitch and Trecartin are not performance artists per se, the idea of “performance” is essential to their work. The artists don disguises, wigs, make-up and prostheses to assume hyperactive roles in their videos. They and other actors soliloquize incessantly, often at the same time. Identities, gender roles and personality traits are playfully presented as readymades—there to be extracted, combined and deconstructed. Protagonists are acutely aware of the camera’s presence, perform for it, address it directly and appear to need it at some fundamental level, as if to reassure themselves of their existence. Dialogues fade in as glaring graphic elements, the tempo and tone of voices are manipulated, animations and split screens come into view, images tilt, rotate, float in cyberspace and disappear in 3-D or spatialized image-in-image effects.

The duo’s filmic and sculptural practice is both unique and replete with art-historical references. It continues the legacy of the Pictures Generation and artists like Cindy Sherman, ties in with the installations and videos of Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy and updates ideas from experimental filmmakers including John Waters, Jack Smith and Kenneth Anger.

Fitch and Trecartin’s parallel artistic universe takes the rules of self-representation in reality TV and social media to their utmost extreme and can be understood as a distorted reflection of our time. In a disquieting kind of contagion, it ensures that viewers are ultimately affected by its energy. How they perceive the works depends on their spatial position in the installations, their own biographical experiences and psychological characteristics, whether they are claustrophobia or catharsis prone. They are emphatically dragged into the spotlight and become the protagonists of their own aesthetic experience.

 

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin: Whether Line
Fondazione Prada, Milan, April 6–August 5, 2019
Video: Jacopo Farina

Works
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
4K video, color, sound
109:32 min (approximate)

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019
Unique sculptural theater featuring Plot Front, 2019 and Whether Line, 2019
4 channel 4K video, color, sound
109:32 minutes
Wood, sheet metal, drywall, paint, PVC siding, bituminous sheath, fabric, stanchions, fans, lights, ambient sound

Whether Line, installation view, Fondazione Prada, Milan
6 April—5 August, 2019

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016
Sculptural theater exhibiting Ryan Trecartin, Mark Trade (HD video, runtime 1:13:30)
Components: bar stools, custom bar, electric fans, velour rope, carpet, paint, drop ceiling, lighting, ambient sound, movie
Original installation dimensions: 270 × 320 × 520 cm
Original installation dimensions: 106 1/4 × 126 × 204 3/4 inches

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010
4 HD videos:
Ready, 2009-2010
Roamie View : History Enhancement, 2009-2010
Temp Stop, 2009-2010
The Re’Search, 2009-2010
Total duration 1 hour, 47 minutes

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Ryan Trecartin
Ready, 2010

Ryan Trecartin
Ready, 2010
HD video, sound
26:47 min
Edition of 5

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Ryan Trecartin
CENTER JENNY, 2013

Ryan Trecartin
CENTER JENNY, 2013
HD Video, sound
53:15 min
Edition of 6

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Zip ties, 'S-Binder' clips, plastic clips, metal pipe, cord locks, red wine, denim shoe, key ring, denim fabric, denim button-down shirt, denim hip-hugger skinny jeans, polyester rope, acrylic paint, spray paint, epoxy, plastic, foam, dog toy penguin, plastic ring trash, leather dog collar, denim hat, burlap basket, dolly, underwear, staples, screws, wood, plastic measuring cups, wire, 'USA' scarf, bandana, backpack, paper, decorative craft paper, alphabet stickers, ribbon, thread, stuffing, safety pins, sewing pins, tomato garden stake, sea punk wig, wig, boat bungee 'Airhead,' casters, steel, decoy duck, feathers, 'Plasti-Dip' rubber coating, metal, 'AAA Automobile Club of Southern California' stickers
171 × 218 × 180 cm
67 1/4 × 85 7/8 × 70 7/8 inches

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Equal Plaza, 2011

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Equal Plaza, 2011
Unique sculptural theater built around K-CoreaINC.K (section a), 2009, by Ryan Trecartin

Any Ever, installation view, MoMA PS1
June 19–September 3, 2011

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work

Digital prints, hand wrapped custom frames, brown craft paper, mellohide wave freestyle utility fabric, glue, wood, non-glare plexiglass, aluminum backing
89.4 × 158.4 × 4 cm (framed)
35 1/8 × 62 3/8 × 1 5/8 inches (framed)

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Sculptural theater with 6 channel movie, 5.1 soundtrack, and multi-channel sound installation
3D animations with Rhett LaRue
49:24 min

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Installation View, 'The Encyclopedic Palace',
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia, 1 June - 24 November 2013

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
The Encyclopedic Palace, installation view,
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia,
1 June—24 November 2013

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Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013
HD Video
24:25 min
Edition of 6

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Details
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
4K video, color, sound
109:32 min (approximate)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019 (film still)

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019 (film still)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019 (film still)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019 (film still)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019 (film still)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019 (film still)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Whether Line, 2017-2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019
Unique sculptural theater featuring Plot Front, 2019 and Whether Line, 2019
4 channel 4K video, color, sound
109:32 minutes
Wood, sheet metal, drywall, paint, PVC siding, bituminous sheath, fabric, stanchions, fans, lights, ambient sound

Whether Line, installation view, Fondazione Prada, Milan
6 April—5 August, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019

Whether Line, installation view, Fondazione Prada, Milan
6 April—5 August, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019

Whether Line, installation view, Fondazione Prada, Milan
6 April—5 August, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019 (detail)Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019

Whether Line, installation view, Fondazione Prada, Milan
6 April—5 August, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Property Bath, 2019
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016
Sculptural theater exhibiting Ryan Trecartin, Mark Trade (HD video, runtime 1:13:30)
Components: bar stools, custom bar, electric fans, velour rope, carpet, paint, drop ceiling, lighting, ambient sound, movie
Original installation dimensions: 270 × 320 × 520 cm
Original installation dimensions: 106 1/4 × 126 × 204 3/4 inches

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016

Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, installation view Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, USA, October 7, 2018–January 6, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016

Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, installation view Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, USA, October 7, 2018–January 6, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016

Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, installation view Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, USA, October 7, 2018–January 6, 2019

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Wouldy's Grill, 2016
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010
4 HD videos:
Ready, 2009-2010
Roamie View : History Enhancement, 2009-2010
Temp Stop, 2009-2010
The Re’Search, 2009-2010
Total duration 1 hour, 47 minutes

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010

Re'Search Wait's, installation view, Pond Society, Shanghai
November 7 2018—January 20 2019

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010

Re'Search Wait's, installation view, Pond Society, Shanghai
November 7 2018—January 20 2019

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010

Re'Search Wait's, installation view, Pond Society, Shanghai
November 7 2018—January 20 2019

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait'S, 2009-2010
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Ready, 2010
HD video, sound
26:47 min
Edition of 5

Ryan Trecartin
Ready, 2010
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
CENTER JENNY, 2013
HD Video, sound
53:15 min
Edition of 6

Ryan Trecartin
CENTER JENNY, 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Zip ties, 'S-Binder' clips, plastic clips, metal pipe, cord locks, red wine, denim shoe, key ring, denim fabric, denim button-down shirt, denim hip-hugger skinny jeans, polyester rope, acrylic paint, spray paint, epoxy, plastic, foam, dog toy penguin, plastic ring trash, leather dog collar, denim hat, burlap basket, dolly, underwear, staples, screws, wood, plastic measuring cups, wire, 'USA' scarf, bandana, backpack, paper, decorative craft paper, alphabet stickers, ribbon, thread, stuffing, safety pins, sewing pins, tomato garden stake, sea punk wig, wig, boat bungee 'Airhead,' casters, steel, decoy duck, feathers, 'Plasti-Dip' rubber coating, metal, 'AAA Automobile Club of Southern California' stickers
171 × 218 × 180 cm
67 1/4 × 85 7/8 × 70 7/8 inches

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015 (detail)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015 (detail)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015 (detail)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015 (detail)

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Freedom Wake, 2015
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Equal Plaza, 2011
Unique sculptural theater built around K-CoreaINC.K (section a), 2009, by Ryan Trecartin

Any Ever, installation view, MoMA PS1
June 19–September 3, 2011

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Equal Plaza, 2011
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work

Digital prints, hand wrapped custom frames, brown craft paper, mellohide wave freestyle utility fabric, glue, wood, non-glare plexiglass, aluminum backing
89.4 × 158.4 × 4 cm (framed)
35 1/8 × 62 3/8 × 1 5/8 inches (framed)

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion
(detail)

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion
(detail)

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion
(detail)

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion
(detail)

Ryan Trecartin
Natural Guest Speaker, 2015
Animation Companion

Models
Murphy Maxwell
Royally Free, 3D Companion Elements
Temple Tickle Dino Cat
Tindercase Migration Bags

Additional Credits
Becky Brazier: Prosthetics, Makeup & Hair
Rhett LaRue: Temple Tickle Dino Cat 3D Modeling, Compositing & Color Work
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Sculptural theater with 6 channel movie, 5.1 soundtrack, and multi-channel sound installation
3D animations with Rhett LaRue
49:24 min

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014

Site Visit, installation view, Kunst-Werke, Berlin
14 September 2014—15 February 2015

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014

Site Visit, installation view, Kunst-Werke, Berlin
14 September 2014—15 February 2015

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014

Site Visit, installation view, Kunst-Werke, Berlin
14 September 2014—15 February 2015

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014

Site Visit, installation view, Kunst-Werke, Berlin
14 September 2014—15 February 2015

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Site Visit, 2014
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
The Encyclopedic Palace, installation view,
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia,
1 June—24 November 2013

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Installation View, 'The Encyclopedic Palace',
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia, 1 June - 24 November 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
The Encyclopedic Palace, installation view,
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia,
1 June—24 November 2013

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Installation View, 'The Encyclopedic Palace',
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia, 1 June - 24 November 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
The Encyclopedic Palace, installation view,
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia,
1 June—24 November 2013

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Installation View, 'The Encyclopedic Palace',
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia, 1 June - 24 November 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
The Encyclopedic Palace, installation view,
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia,
1 June—24 November 2013

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Installation View, 'The Encyclopedic Palace',
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia, 1 June - 24 November 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
The Encyclopedic Palace, installation view,
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia,
1 June—24 November 2013

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Installation View, 'The Encyclopedic Palace',
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezzia, 1 June - 24 November 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013
HD Video
24:25 min
Edition of 6

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013 (film still)

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013 (film still)

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013 (film still)

Ryan Trecartin
Junior War, 2013
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Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin
Re'Search Wait’S
September 12, 2019–February 29, 2020
Berlin

Ryan Trecartin is widely known for his influential videos, sculptures, and installations. His highly inventive and prescient work has been crucial to understanding the mutability of language and the totalizing effects of technology and social media on subject formation in the twenty-first century. The exhibition Re’Search Wait’S comes from the ambitious multi-movie project, Any Ever. Trecartin uses poetic, formal, and structural elaborations of new forms of technology, language narrative, identity, and humanity, to portray an extra-dimensional world that channels the existential dramas of our own. Any Ever’s core material is the perpetual flux of relationships among characters patterned to form constellations of meaning across the videos.

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Dreaming Mirrors Dreaming Screens
Theodora Allen, Slater Bradley, Lucy Dodd, Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin, Andy Hope 1930, Oliver Laric, Pew Die Pie, Jon Rafman, Pamela Rosenkranz, Sara VanDerBeek, Stan VanDerBeek, Lesley Vance, Andro Wekua
curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen / GOODROOM
January 29–April 2, 2016
Berlin

Bringing together the practice of thirteen international artists, the exhibition Dreaming Mirrors Dreaming Screens appeals to the intuitive mind and creativity beyond referential thinking. Departing from the artists' production, it navigates through narratives in the realm of surrealist animation, abstraction and subjects of new materialism embracing the logic of the internet.

Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Press

How Artists Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch Built a 32-Acre Queer Playground in Middle America
W Magazine, article by Diane Solway, April 16, 2019

Art – Ryan Trecartin
BOMB, interview by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Spring 2016

Networks of Influence: Process and collaboration in the recent work of Ryan Trecartin
Flash Art, article by Jarret Gregory, March/April 2014

Experimental People: The exuberant world of a video art visionary.
The New Yorker, article by Calvin Tomkins, March 24, 2014

Ryan Trecartin
Art in America, interview by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, June/July 2013

When a Rainbow is an Option
Ryan Trecartin published by Skira Rizzoli Publications, by Linda Norden, 2011

Biography

Ryan Trecartin (*1981, Webster, TX) and Lizzie Fitch (*1981, Bloomington, IN) live in Athens, OH. Selected solo exhibitions include Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: Whether Line, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2019), Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2018), Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: Site Visit, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: Priority Innfield, Zabludowicz Collection, London (both 2014), Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2011–12), and Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever, which in various iterations traveled to MoMA PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Istanbul Modern; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The Power Plant, Toronto (2009–10).

Public Collections
Ryan Trecartin
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Museum of Modern Art, New York
New Art Trust, San Francisco
François Pinault Collection, Venice
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Zabludowicz Collection, London
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Musée d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
François Pinault Collection, Venice
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf
Zabludowicz Collection, London