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Video Star

Ryan Trecartin has been called the first YouTube art star. Rather than simply go online to see his hallucinatory flicks, it’s a lot more fun to view the movies spooled together at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where videos, sets, and props for Trecartin’s opus will be on display for “Any Ever.” The exhibit includes a seven-movie epic video he produced with Lizzie Fitch in the Big Mango from 2009 to 2010, during his yearlong research-based residency in Miami. A digital-age progeny, Trecartin is known for strip-mining our media-saturated culture to create garish imagery. His work not only assaults the peepers but also distills the virtual cacophony of the Internet, reality TV, and Twitter feeds via a cheese-ball squalor. At times, it’s insalubrious and mesmerizing to behold. The artist blurs and redefines signifiers of race, gender, sexuality, and the very notion of fixed identity. He twists language and images to their breaking points. This show marks the first time “Any After” has been exhibited in Miami, a city that plays a big role in Trecartin’s sensational, can’t-miss multinarrative stories. An opening reception will take place Thursday. At 9:30, head to the Standard (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach) for the afterparty, featuring performances by artists Raul de Nieves and Colin Self. Tickets cost $15. “Any After” will be on view at MOCA through September 4.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 28. Continues through Sept. 4, 2011