In the March 24 issue of The New Yorker, Calvin Tompkins treats readers to an extraordinary nine-page feature on Ryan Trecartin 04 FAV. Although he notes that “reviews of Trecartin’s videos often verge on the ecstatic,” Tompkins goes on to profess his own ongoing fascination with what the LA-based filmmaker and his posse of close friends is doing.
“About a year ago, I started looking at the work that Ryan Trecartin and his loosely associated group of fellow artists and designers have produced during the past decade,” Tompkins writes. “Not even [Nam June] Paik, I decided, made videos that are as consistently non-boring as these – or as full of breaking news about the future.”
In a lengthy section chronicling his years at RISD, the story explains how Trecartin and his longtime creative partner Lizzie Fitch (who left before finishing her degree in Painting) first began working together, looking at why their joint creative process continues to work so well.
“I need a lot of time alone, but I don’t like making things alone,” Trecartin explains. Tompkins then adds: “Without her, he often says, he would never have been the artist he’s become.”
But there’s so much more to it – and to the New Yorker story itself (which also quotes several other alums who still work with Trecartin). Get your hands on a copy if you haven’t already read it.