Ryan Trecartin b. 1981
Valentine's Day Girl (2001)
2001, 7 min, color, sound

Trecartin crafts a fantastical narrative about a girl whose obsessive personal utopia is disrupted. Trecartin's collaborator, Lizzie Fitch, plays a girl obsessed with Valentine's Day. Everything in her hyperactive, sped-up world revolves around Valentine's Day: red, white, and pink love-themed decorations cover every surface; heart shapes abound; Valentine's Day treats are everywhere. Her private festivities suddenly go awry as a hoard of Christmas-themed intruders appear and take her hostage in her own apartment. Gagged and bound, she is forced to watch while her ecstatic but sinister captors stage a frenzied Christmas intervention.

Lizzie, Chris, Will, Ethan, Cara, Asher, Suzanne, Jess, Liz, Brian, Ryan.

-- Electronic Arts Intermix


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This video is for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to Ryan Trecartin. Used with permission of Ryan Trecartin.

Used with kind permission of Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY, and Regen Projects, LA.

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