Ryan Trecartin: Four New Movies

'Home Movies' in Los Angeles? Jonathan T. D. Neil catches the west-coast premiere of Trecartin's Venice Biennale quartet at LACMA

Ryan Trecartin, Still from CENTER JENNY, 2013, HD Video, courtesy Regen Projects, LA, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY Ryan Trecartin, Still from Junior War, 2013, HD Video, courtesy Regen Projects, LA, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY Ryan Trecartin, Still from Comma Boat, 2013, Three Channel HD Video, courtesy Regen Projects, LA, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY Ryan Trecartin, Still from Item Falls, 2013 HD Video, courtesy Regen Projects, LA, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY

When Elvis Mitchell, the well-known film critic and, since 2011, curator of the indie film series, Film Independent, at LACMA, took the stage last Tuesday evening (March 25) to introduce Ryan Trecartin’s four new ‘movies’, he stressed that ‘movies’ are indeed what Trecartin makes, not ‘films’ or ‘videos’, which terms conjure musty art house repertory theaters or white-box galleries turned into black-box screening rooms. No, Trecartin makes ‘movies’, which are meant to be seen on the big screen, and with big…

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