Jack Bankowsky

1 “Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever” (MoCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles) I want to celebrate Trecartin and his “superhuman crew”—Dylan’s phrase for Warhol’s posse—for an exhibition design that single-handedly redeemed the punishing convention of video installation and for transforming the PDC’s de Chirico–scary plaza (and its even scarier Wolfgang Puck eatery) into an opening-night carnival perfectly paired with the artful delirium inside. But mostly I want to marvel at the videos: Not only is Trecartin’s visual slice-and-dice uniquely equal to today’s virtual whirl; his ingenuity with language, his unerring ear for argot—for the texts and tweets that make up our digital everyday—is downright dumbfounding. As Wayne Koestenbaum wrote of the Texas-born, LA-based artist in these pages, “Dialects are his acrylics. . . . Instead of ‘yes,’ say ‘yay-us.’”

2 Mike Kelley, Day Is

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