Image is a Projection

May 3, 2005 - July 30, 2005

Galeria Mille Eventi

Solo Exhibition: La coppia di artisti statunitensi, che lavora in collaborazione dal 1996, presenta per l’occasione sei opere tra le piu’ recenti e rappresentative della loro ricerca artistica sul video e l’installazione. Cinque delle sei opere sono inedite mentre una, “How we met”, è stata gia’ esposta durante il 2004 nella mostra “Terminal 5” presso l’aeroporto JFK di New York. Profondamente legato al cinema e alla televisione e quindi, più in generale, alla cultura “popolare” , il lavoro dei McCoy coniuga sapientemente la componente concettuale e quella estetica, con un risultato di irresistibile impatto visivo.


Works Shown

Double Fantasy

2005, Sculptural video installation with projection.

The artists are rendered in miniature as if they were childhood friends and their fantasy scenarios are depicted. One is a simple country wedding ceremony, the other an epic mideval battle. The miniatures are fixed to either side of a vertically-oriented platform which is mounted on a floor-based stand. Live video cameras capture images of the unmoving tableaux, which are then sequenced by custom software into an endlessly looping live video sequence that is projected on the adjacent wall.

How We Met

2004, Installation with flat-screen display

This sculpture presents the artists, rendered in a series of miniatures, as they meet, reaching for the same suitcase in an airport baggage claim area. Live video cameras feed back still images, which are edited into a looped video sequence and displayed on a wall-mounted flat screen monitor. The work is inspired by the narrative conceit of the 1972 Barbara Streisand movie, Whats Up Doc?

Our First Date

2005, Sculptural kinetic video installation with flat-screen display.

Wall mounted sculpture with four platforms. Our First Date draws on biographical material, rendering the artists in miniature as they visit a Conceptual Art exhibition in Paris in 1990. The tableau includes representations of works by artists On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Art and Language, Hans Haacke and others. The figures of Kevin and Jennifer appear in multiple at different stages of their date. Live video cameras capture images of these tableaux, which are then edited into an endlessly looping video and displayed on the adjacent monitor. The soundtrack recreates the audio from Bruce Nauman’s DEAD, a violin playing four simple notes in succession.

Clouds #1 (man)

2005, Wall-mounted kinetic video sculpture

One from a series of miniature works inspired by Alfred Stieglitz’s Equivalent Series(1922-35), a photographic study of clouds as pure pattern. In each work, a cloud formation is fashioned from cotton wool and other materials and affixed to a cylinder. The cylinder is mounted to a motor, which rotates it slowly. A live video camera captures this image which gives the appearance of clouds moving across the sky. In the foreground of the live video image, a man stands in front of a tree, pointing skyward.

Clouds #2 (woman)

2005, Wall-mounted kinetic video sculpture

One from a series of miniature works inspired by Alfred Stieglitz’s Equivalent Series(1922-35), a photographic study of clouds as pure pattern. In each work, a cloud formation is fashioned from cotton wool and other materials and affixed to a cylinder. The cylinder is mounted to a motor, which rotates it slowly. A live video camera captures this image which gives the appearance of clouds moving across the sky. In the foreground of the live video image, a woman stands naked, shielding her eyes from a dramatic sky.

What Do You Think

2005, Wall-mounted video sculpture

In this wall-mounted piece, a group of identical miniature scientists are seated around a conference table. Two live video cameras capture shots of the tableau, alternating between each side of the table, which are then sequenced by computer into an endlessly looping live video. The figures appear on screen, as if endlessly asking each other: “I don’t know, what do you think?”