Panel Discussion on the Work of Wolgin Prize Finalist Ryan Trecartin, Oct 7, 5:30 p.m.

A Panel Discussion on the Works of Wolgin Prize Finalist Ryan Trecartin October 7, 5:30 pm, Paley Library Lecture Hall Ryan Trecartin’s work advances understandings of post‐millennial technology, narrative and identity. Discussed from a variety of perspectives, panelists will examine issues of social media and networks; gender and aesthetic themes in video art; and more. Participants include Temple University’sGerard Brown, Chair of Foundations, Tyler School of Art (moderator); Scott Gratson, Director of the Communications Program and SCT Undergraduate Studies; Aaron Smuts, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy; Elisabeth Subrin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts; and Andrew Suggs, Executive Director of Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia. This event is part of a series of collaborative public programs presented in conjunction with the Tyler School of Art’s Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts About Finalist Ryan Trecartin Ryan Trecartin (b. 1981, Webster, TX) lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, where he structures his art practice in varying collaborative ways. Trecartin has established a singular video practice that, in both form and in function, advances understandings of post-millennial technology, narrative and identity, and also propels these matters as expressive mediums. His work depicts worlds where consumer culture is amplified and absorbed to absurd or nihilistic proportions where characters circuitously strive to find agency and meaning in their lives. The combination of assaultive, nearly impenetrable avant-garde logics and equally outlandish, virtuoso uses of color, form, drama and montage produces a sublime, stream-of-consciousness effect that feels bewilderingly true to life. In addition to his work in video, Trecartin also has a collaborative sculpture practice with artist Lizzie Fitch. Trecartin’s work has been included in several major exhibitions and institutions worldwide, including the 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Saatchi Gallery, London; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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