Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, CENTER JENNY, 2013.


La Casa Encendida of Fundacion Montemadrid presents, for the first time in Spain, a solo exhibition featuring the work of American artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin. Their collaborative practice— which includes video, sculpture and installation — is marked by its exploration of the effects of technology and Web 2.0 media on the changing nature of subjectivity, identity, and language. The large-scale multi-room “sculptural theater” Priority Innfield is an “alternatingly gloomy and hopeful foray into the conceptual minefield of success, complicity, path dependency, personal history and even the nature of historical causation,” states Chris Glazek.

Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: Priority Innfield was originally created for the 55th International Art Exhibition, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), curated by Massimiliano Gioni and organised by the Biennale di Venezia. This touring exhibition is organised in collaboration with Zabludowicz Collection, courtesy Tamares Real Estate Holdings Inc.

The exhibition is comprised of four movies — including Junior WarCENTER JENNYItem Falls and Comma Boatfour pavilions that serve as viewing areas in which the videos are screened, and an observational platform. The installation invokes the mise-en-scène of everyday life, allowing the viewer’s response to the work to merge with one’s own lived experience and resulting in an uncannily familiar, yet discomfiting, sculptural container. Employing Google’s open-source 3D modelling program Sketchup to design the movie sets and pavilions, the artists remixed various sculptural forms and structures inspired by common types of domestic and institutional spaces—such as high school stadiums, public parks, pools, bathrooms and patios—creating environments that collapse distinctions between interior and exterior, public and private, audience and performer.

To further transform select galleries at La Casa Encendida, the installation will extend from floor to ceiling using carpeting and other materials, ushering visitors into a contained environment suggestive of shifting states of experience and perception.

La Casa Encendida –  Ronda de Valencia 2 28012 Madrid
5 February – 24 April, 2016 

In June 2016, the exhibition will travel to The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.