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Plug In ICA | Two Solo Exhibitions: Class by Karen Asher & Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin

June 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the launch of our spring program with two solo exhibitions:

Class by Karen Asher
Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin

Exhibitions run from April 27-June 30, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, April 26 from 7-10pm

Karen Asher: Class

Plug In ICA has the pleasure to work with and present Karen Asher’s solo exhibition Class. Opening Friday, April 26, 2019, Class will see Asher for the first time extending her established photographic practice into the broader realm of installation. The exhibition will feature a ninety-minute video of music, dance and visual effects. The video installation reflects her photographic practice where she slowly engages her subjects, mostly friends and family, in a set of scenarios that border on highly composed to happenstance.

BIO: Karen Asher received her BFA in photography from University of Manitoba. In 2010 she had her first solo show at Platform Centre. She has since present works in various exhibition contexts and publications including; CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto, ON), Gimili Film Festival (Gimili, MB), the Pingyao International Photography Festival (Beijing), Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary), Lantern Gallery, (Winnipeg), Lisa Kehlher + Projects (Winnipeg, MB), Flash Forward (UK & USA), and most recently her solo exhibition The Full Catastrophe at aceartinc. (Winnipeg, MB). Her work has appeared in Front Line: Interviews with International Contemporary Photo-Based Artists, The National Post, Canadian Art Magazine, Border Crossings, and Black Flash.

On Thursday, May 23 at 7pm, Ming Hon will give a performance as part of the Respondent series for Karen Asher’s exhibition.
On Friday, June 14 at 7pm, Karen Asher will give an artist talk followed by a dance and karaoke party.

Ryan Trecartin: Comma Boat 

Plug In ICA is truly honoured 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.

BIO: Ryan Trecartin is an influential artist known for his dense and frenetic video installations made with his long time collaborator, Lizzie Fitch. Since studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 2000s, he has risen to international acclaim for his signature and emblematic movies works that are hyper and accelerated representations of television and film production. He has exhibited as part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial and has since participated in large international group exhibitions, including the 6th Busan Biennale, South Korea; 100 years, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; the 3rd Singapore Biennale; the 12th Biennale de Lyon; and the Berlin Biennale (2016). He has had solo exhibitions at the Power Plant, Toronto (2010); Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); and La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2016) to name a few. He is currently based in Athens, Ohio, where he and Fitch, have their studio. Their collaborative practice is acknowledged as Trecartin. Whether Line by Fitch/Trecartin is currently on view at the Prada Foundation Milan until August 5, 2019, and is accompanied by a book focusing on their collaborative practice. Trecartin and Fitch/Trecartin are represented by Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Sprüth Magers, Berlin. Trecartin’s movies are also archived and distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. A monograph on Trecartin’s work was published in 2011 by Rizzoli press, New York.

All public programming is free and open to the public.

For more information on this and our other education programs, contact Jenifer Papararo at jenifer@plugin.org. For general information, please contact info@plugin.org or call 1-204-942-1043

Image: Karen Asher, Class, 2019 & Ryan Trecartin, Comma Boat, 2013 (video stills)


June 1, 2019
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