Projects

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INSTALLATION VIEW

live video feed projection installation 2011

installation / curatorial project: For Installation View, the McCoys bend their artistic practice of revealing how meaning is made, to focus on how meaning is displayed. Their curatorial effort here aims to discover the private lives of art works. As an intervention into 601’s affiliated collection, they have created a site-specific exhibition out of non-site-specific art. Whether situated outdoors, in ...

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MUSSAFAH

video 2011

In this 49 minute video, Mussafah, the camera takes a journey through the manufacturing zone of Abu Dhabi. Far from the glittering skyscrapers and beaches, Mussafah is the place in Abu Dhabi to fix motors, to bend aluminum, to produce tangible material goods. It is the "back of the shop", literally the place where the advertising signs are printed. Using ...

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ABU DHABI IS LOVE FOREVER

installation 2010

This photo mural installation depicts the compelling advertising used in the United Arab Emirates to sell a lifestyle of comfort, success, and luxury. These kind of images are used on construction fences throughout the UAE, barely masking the desert they attempt to resection.

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HALAL SERIES 1 (MEAT)

paper collage in a gilded frame 2010

A popular pastime in the UAE is shopping. From the vast and numerous western style malls to the traditional souks to the local grocery stores, there is a constant flow of imported products into the UAE. In this series of collage works, traditional architectural pattern motifs are inscribed with snack food wrappers, packaging from canned meats, and labels from beauty ...

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HALAL SERIES 2 (SNACKS)

paper collage in a gilded frame 2010

A popular pastime in the UAE is shopping. From the vast and numerous western style malls to the traditional souks to the local grocery stores, there is a constant flow of imported products into the UAE. In this series of collage works, traditional architectural pattern motifs are inscribed with snack food wrappers, packaging from canned meats, and labels from beauty ...

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HALAL SERIES 3 (BEAUTY PRODUCTS)

paper collage in a gilded frame 2010

A popular pastime in the UAE is shopping. From the vast and numerous western style malls to the traditional souks to the local grocery stores, there is a constant flow of imported products into the UAE. In this series of collage works, traditional architectural pattern motifs are inscribed with snack food wrappers, packaging from canned meats, and labels from beauty ...

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PRAYER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SLEEP

video 2010

In this video, the McCoys film the sound and images of the morning call to prayer through their bedroom window on the 37th floor of their apartment building. In this call to prayer, called Fajr, usually at around 5 a.m., listeners are advised (and often aided) to begin their day with prayer. Part of the prayer is the assertion that ...

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ARTISTS TALKS

installation 2008

Actors unfamiliar with the work and language of contemporary art are asked to spontaneously present the works of well known artists as their own. The improvised talks are set up as a video database where viewers can choose from the eighteen three-minute long discs. While dexterous in their presentational abilities, the actors deliver information that is suspect, relying on popular ...

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HEAVEN AND HELL

installation with motors, electronics 2008

In this installation, miniatures of the McCoys, their two daughters, and furniture rise and fall on motors suspended from the ceiling. "Is Jennifer and Kevin McCoy’s Heaven and Hell about being nice to people on the way up or the inevitability of descent? Situated in Silicon Valley, is it about the tribulations of the business cycle in particular or the ...

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I'LL REPLACE YOU

video, color, sound 2008

For this project the McCoys hired fifty actors to replace them in executing the many responsibilities they undertake every day. The resulting 15 minutes long video zeroes in on the actor, the idea of typecasting, and the fragmentation of life. Dispensing with Hollywood cornerstone of continuity for each of the "roles" the McCoys play in life (artist, professor, parent, friend, ...

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JENNIFER AND KEN MCCOY/JESSICA AND KEVIN MCCOY

digital C-print 2008

Exploring the idea of substitution, two large scale photographs. "Jennifer and Ken McCoy/Jessica and Kevin McCoy" are post performative photographs in which one of the artists is paired with a rotating array of passer-bys, friends, and colleagues dressed as the significant other. Here the genre of "couple" is explored through a deadpan mosaic of costumed participants. In these works, the ...

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BIG BOX

Sculptural video installation with video display 2007

In the two Big Box sculptures, models of an American-style big box shopping mall are placed on a slowly rotating turntable. The clean, nearly featureless buildings facades have been modified. In one reality, a trash-filled wasteland, and in another an over-grown jungle. In the wasteland, zombies have made advances. In the jungle, the mall has been converted to a biosphere. ...