Written by Adora & Teddy Behr Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00
Adora: Teddy, can we go back to the Museum Of Contemporary Art this weekend to see the rest of the videos by Ryan Trecartin? We only saw 3 last time and they're so awesome. I want to see all of them; especially 'The Re' Search' and 'Roamie View History Enhancement,' the one with female shop assistants in corporate and shopping settings roaming backwards through time. Don't you love the sound of that?
Teddy: They are the coolest videos I've ever seen. They remind me of MTV, Jersey Shore and all those Real Housewives rolled into one – only ten times better. And all the characters are like in between boy and girl and it makes total sense. I like that.
A: I know...Roberta Smith, the New York Times art critic, said Trecartin's videos are a 'game changer' for the contemporary art world, and I can see why. It's as if somebody took everything from pop culture and ran it through a Cuisinart. All the sets are squeaky tv-land and the make-up and dialogue are hyper real; like they're all droids gone wild from a surreal high school. But it's not that different from what is on television these days. I think that's why I like them so much...
T: The writing and editing is so dense and so fast. It makes me feel as if I'm watching 'Sixteen and Pregnant', 'Two and a Half Men' and a succession of Travelocity and Progressive Insurance ads all at once. But you never feel confused or lost when you watch it all whizzing past you. Did you know that we can see them online?
A: Really? Where?
T: They're on VIMEO under 'Ryan Trecartin'; the whole series of seven videos.
A: That's awesome, but I'd rather see them them the way the artist set them up: lying in bed or sitting at picnic tables with stereo earphones. And I like seeing how people react to them. They get so into it; as if it's serious when it's completely nutty, you know?
T: It's true. These videos are really as engaging as they are nutty. And it's better at the museum than on a tiny screen on a computer. Besides, since they were made right here in Miami we might as well go see them at the museum and make a night out of it!
The presentation of Any Ever at MOCA, North Miami is coordinated by Ruba Katrib, MOCA Associate Curator.
Any Ever has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010), and internationally at The Power Plant, Toronto (2010), and The Istanbul Modern (2011). This year Any Ever will also be shown at MoMA PS1, New York and at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, Florida. For information, please call 305.893.6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org. Museum hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm; Wednesday from 1 pm to 9 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 pm. MOCA is also open on the last Friday of each month from 7 – 10 pm. The exhibition is on view through September 4, 2011.