Comma Boat

  • Dates:April 26, 2019 - June 30, 2019 ( Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday )
  • Location:Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
  • City:Winnipeg
  • Times:Tuesday & Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Thursday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Friday: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Address: 1 - 460 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB
  • Phone: (204) 942-1043
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  • Region: Winnipeg

Opening reception: Friday, April 26, 7:00 PM

Solo Exhibition | Comma Boat: Ryan Trecartin

Plug In ICA is honored to present Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin, opening on Friday, April 26, 2019. This three channel video installation is characteristic of Trecartin’s work in its critique of mass media and celebrity culture, which he achieves through a controlled chaos. Trecartin figures prominently in his movies, taking on a variety of persona that vibrate on screen as a hyper-manic cast of characters.

He is the director of Comma Boat as well as acts as a director within it. His portrayal is hyperbolic in its dramatization of the authority and immense ego of a film or television director. The writer Chris Glazek describes Trecartin performances as personifying the oscillation “between feelings of omnipotence and self-doubt. As if a post-human, post-gendered reincarnation of the Fellini character in 8 1/2, the director gloats and frets about professional and ethical transgressions. ‘I know I lied to get ahead,’ he admits at one point. ‘I’ve made up so many different alphabets just to get ahead in my field.’ The director is fancier now, but the fear nags that he might be ‘repeating’ himself ‘like a dumb soldier ova and ova and ova and ova.’

Photo: Ryan Trecartin, Comma Boat, 2013 (3-channel HD Video, duration 33:02) Courtesy of the Artist; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Sprüth Magers, Berlin; and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Comma Boat
  • (204) 942-1043
  • 1 - 460 Portage Avenue
  • Winnipeg, MB