Trecartin’s first feature-length video, I-Be Area extends the artist’s singular process and style into new territory. Fast-paced and dense with drama, I-Be Area relates the intertwined stories of an exuberant ensemble, played by Trecartin and dozens of others, as they cope with themes such as cloning, adoption, self-mediation, lifestyle options and virtual identities. Dialogue and action often seem to be spinning out of control as the inhabitants of this emerging space communicate through helium-pitched, sing-song conversations and slapstick ritual. The film centers around Jaime’s Area, played by artist Lizzie Fitch, a space which functions, in the artist’s words, as a kind of “bedroom/classroom/drama department/blog space/Internet-community site where the characters malfunction in the face of everything being everything and come to act on their own creative potential.”
Trecartin works across mediums, investigating installation, video and live performance. He lives and works in Philadelphia. Trecartin studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has had solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NY), Crane Arts (PA), QED (CA) and Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris). Trecartin’s work has been included in numerous group shows including La Trienniale di Milano (Milan, Italy); USA Today, Works from the Saatchi Collection at the Royal Academy of Arts (London, England); and the 2006 Whitney Biennial (NY). His work has been screened at the Walker Art Center (MN), The Getty Center (CA) and The New York Underground Film Festival (NY).