THUMBNAIL: Picasso's sculpture Head of a Woman
APR 26 / Princeton University Art Museum
Staff from the Princeton University Art Museum will discuss its web and kiosk projects. [ more ]

/@rts is thrilled to present Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, a team of video/installation artists whose ground-breaking work presents a humorous yet serious critical examination of mass media culture and related issues. In their work, the McCoys explore the implications of mass culture by reframing and re-presenting cultural icons, highlighting their violence, and their social and political assumptions. The McCoy’s projects include the acclaimed “Every Anvil”, a video database indexing shots from Looney Toon’s cartoons from the 40’s and 50’s, categorizing the shots according to violence and physical extremism, such as Every Flattened Character, Every Explosion, etc.

In the McCoy’s most recent installation piece, “Soft Rain” (2004), miniature movie sets are brought to life with digital imagery projected over them. Genre, cinematic syntax, narrative and artificiality are explored. In earlier works, the McCoys visually dissect and reconstruct a high-speed chase, and the famous kiss from William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat”, and scenes from “Star Trek”. In “How I Learned”, the McCoys reveal the didactic aspects of media culture by extrapolating lessons from the ’70’s T.V. show “Kung Fu”, which melded Eastern Philosophy with the Wild West. The McCoy database categorizes scenes as lessons on “Religion”, “Nature and Society”, “Capitalism”, and “Filmmaking”.

The McCoys utilize state-of the art computer technology to digitally extend and expand the tradition that Bruce Conner pioneered in his “A Movie”, (1958) which included sequences of car crashes and other disasters. Conner made his movie by splicing together actual pieces of discarded film footage. The McCoys bring this dissection of culture to a virtual level with their digital re-presentation and alteration of commercial entertainment.

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are a married couple who have worked together since 1996. They have exhibited their work in solo shows at venues including Postmasters Gallery, New York; VanLaere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; and The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH. Museum exhibitions they have participated in include “Video Viewpoints”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, “Working in Brooklyn”, The Brooklyn Museum; “Future Cinema”, Zentrum fur Medien Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany; “Animations”, P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; “Arts Entertainment Network”, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

The McCoys have won awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, Creative Capital Foundation grant in “Emerging Fields”, The New Media Art Fellowship from the Colbert Foundation, and The Emerging Artist/Emergent Media Grant from the Jerome Foundation.

THUMBNAIL: artwork by jennifer & kevin mccoy
Presented 11/16/04 - Jennifer & Kevin McCoy
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are Brooklyn-based artists who make projects about how human thinking is structured through genre and repetition... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by tony oursler
Presented 02/22/05 - Tony Oursler
It comes down to shining light. Light passing through objects, space, playing on a surface forming a new skin. Physics tells us this: we see light not objects... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by george lewis
Presented 03/02/2005 - George Lewis
George Lewis is a composer, performer, and computer/installation artist and a recipient of several awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by golan levin
Presented 03/09/2005 - Golan Levin
This work represents a personal inquiry into abstract communications protocols. In my process, I generally create new communications systems to explore such protocols... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by paul lansky
Presented 03/24/2005 - Paul Lansky
A funny thing happened to Paul Lansky on the way to the computer... [ more ]
THUMBNAIL: artwork by justine cassell
Presented 04/14/2005 - Justine Cassell
Once machines have human-like capabilities, can they be used to evoke the best communicative skills that humans are capable of, the richest learning?... [ more ]