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Ricky Swallow | Killing Time 2003–04 | Laminated Jelutong, maple | 108 x 184 x 118cm (irreg.) | Rudy Komon Memorial Fund and the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2004 | Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Ricky Swallow ‘Killing Time’ 2003–04

Ricky Swallow works predominantly in sculpture, dealing with time and its passing, mortality and immortality. Much of Swallow’s early work was nostalgic for analogue technologies such as tape decks remade in cardboard or record turntables transformed into miniature scenes from …

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Ryan Trecartin |  A Family Finds Entertainment 2004 | Digital video transferred to DVD: 41 minutes, colour, stereo | Courtesy: The artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

Ryan Trecartin ‘A Family Finds Entertainment’ 2004

Ryan Trecartin belongs to a generation of artists whose practices are deeply affected by the immediate, circulatory and viral nature of participatory image-making online. Working in video, performance, sculpture, installation and photography, he creates scenarios that are elaborated on with …

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Everything aesthetic about his videos — from the baroque screenplays that polish flippant teen slang into cascading soliloquies to the dueling fascinations with profound loneliness and extremely affected behavior to the swarming, jumbled, yet precisely composed shots that pack each frame with visual stimuli — displays a near obliviousness to what’s going on in his field, whether it be the clichés of current video art or the signature styles of past experimental films.

Dennis Cooper, “First Take, Dennis Cooper on Ryan Trecartin,” Artforum, December 2006.

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A Family Finds Entertainment

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Ryan Trecartin | A Family Finds Entertainment 2004 | Digital video transferred to DVD: 41 minutes, colour, stereo | Courtesy: The artist and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

Dennis Cooper on Ryan Trecartin

Author Dennis Cooper has provided one of the most succinct overviews of the fragmented narrative of Ryan Trecartin’s video: “If A Family Finds Entertainment can be reduced to a thumbnail description, this might be it: Trecartin stars as Skippy, a …

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Ryan Trecartin owes less to the history of art than to a hyperconnected, technological world in which everyone can be producer and consumer, celebrity and viewer all at once.

Cecilia Alemani, ‘Theatre for Generation Y’, Mousse Magazine, Issue #15, September, 2007.