PEERTOPEER@WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU? RYAN TRECARTIN,RACHEL MACLEAN AND GENERATIONAL HYSTERIA by Ivan Knapp
Ryan Trecartin, Photo by Fulvio Orsenigo
This year the Zabludowicz collection in London has bookended its exhibitions programme with two artists of a similar age but who are at very different stages of their career. So, in the glare of a thought grenade thrown carelessly into the public sphere by Peter Schejdhal (“Ryan Trecartin is the most significant artist to have merged since the 1980s”) and Massiniliano Gioni’s interpretation of Trecartin’s work as exemplary of an emerging “hysterical realism”, it seems appropriate to expose the young Scottish Artist Rachel Maclean’s work to the revelatory light of these bold claims. Just what is hysteric about Trecartin’s work to begin with? What relationship does it bare to any sort of “realism” – and by extension reality? And how might it be considered as exemplary of a generational symptom which is locatable in an increasingly wide number of works by those like Maclean, to borrow a marketing meme, younger than Jesus?