Christopher Glazek

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The Past Is Another Los Angeles

The Past Is Another Los Angeles

Ryan Trecartin’s Priority Innfield

The arrow of time—whichever direction it points—is fraught with guilt. To age is to decline: that’s what we’re always told. To trace is to blame: that’s what we’re afraid of. To the extent that Priority Innfield confounds our understanding of sequencing, iteration, and cause and effect, it also lets us off the hook for crimes of chronology. By the end we may feel confused, exhausted, and epistemologically spent, but we also feel exonerated. We feel disempowered, but ready for play.

Raise the Crime Rate

Raise the Crime Rate

From 1980 to 2007, the number of prisoners held in the United States quadrupled to 2.3 million, with an additional 5 million on probation or parole. What Ayn Rand once called the “freest, noblest country in the history of the world” is now the most incarcerated,and the second-most incarcerated country in history, just barely edged out by Stalin’s Soviet Union.

On Ryan Trecartin

On Ryan Trecartin

Some artworks edify, some perplex, and some coerce, evacuating everyone who views them to a new and better reality. To watch the videos of Ryan Trecartin is to be led out of a cave of ignorance by a queer, 30-year-old Socrates. Burrowed in a couch at Any Ever, Trecartin’s “game-changing” summer exhibition at PS1, you become addicted to the Ryan-verse.