Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch bring New York to town; Nexus next door

Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch
Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch with Lindsay Beebe
Mr. Ashley, 2006, Mixed media, 82 x 26 x 36 inches

The biggest art party in town tonight (Saturday) will be at the Crane Art Center.

It’s hosting what may be the wildest show in town–Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s installation at the Icebox, Big Room Now. Trecartin wowed Whitney Biennial crowds last year with his outrageous movie of family dysfunction in technicolor, and some of his neo neon videos are also up at the Ice Box. Trecartin is now living in Philadelphia, and he and Fitch have brought a comic installation to vivid life, filling the enormous Ice Box space with major papier mache, insulation foam, fabric and just stuff, creating an ebullient anti-aesthetic art that makes Niki St. Phalle’s wildest work look demure.
Jennie Thwing
From Jennie Thwing’s Thoughts on Death, a video of her grandfather


Also at the Crane Art Center, Nexus reopens in their new space there, looking swell. The show includes thoughtful videos by Jennie Thwing that combine rhythm and creative editing to tell compelling stories. Some of it reminded me of Beat poetry accompanied by jazz. Also in the exhibit, photos imprinted on tourist tschotschkes by Catherine Passante, from imprinted pillow cases to coffee mugs.

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