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13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA  19612

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Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
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Jennifer & Kevin McCoy: The Family Show

Thur., Nov. 5 – Sun., Dec. 13

Presentation by the artists 6pm Wednesday 11/4 in Klein Lecture Hall in the Center for the Arts

Opening reception 5-7pm Thursday 11/5

http://www.mccoyspace.com/

The Freedman Gallery at Albright College is proud to present works by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, two Brooklyn-based artists who give new meaning to the term collaboration. 

The exhibition, The Family Show, explores the ordinary lives of parents and artists in extraordinary ways during extraordinary times through film, interactive media and installation works.  Experiencing their work will stir up a dialogue about the idea of simulacrum as it pertains to every day lives in modern times. This duo seems to be preoccupied by how we might be fooled, how we look at art and how we look at ourselves.

I’ll Replace You, a 2008 16-minute video, is a film in which the McCoys cast 50 actors to play versions of themselves in their daily roles as parent, friend, artist, professor and spouse. The video utilizes cuts to emphasize daily repetition and routine, but also the random nature of these roles for which individuals can seemingly be played by just about anyone. As Chris Chang writes in Film Comment, “What better way to replicate the splintered and prismatic subjectivity of waking life than to hire a bunch of strangers to portray it?” 

The McCoy’s work has been exhibited at a range of venues in the United States and internationally.  Most recently their work was hosted by Gallery Guy Bärtschi in Geneva, pkm Gallery in Beijing, Museum of Modern Art in NYC, University Art Museum in Albany, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank in London, Postmasters and Artists Space in NYC, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

I'll Replace You

I’ll Replace You, 2008, video, color, sound, edition of 5 + 2APs.  Running time: 16:40

Double Fantasy

Double Fantasy 3 (Career), 2006, computerized live video feeds, cameras,
fabricated miniature environments. Collection of 21c Museum and Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Louisville, KY

Double Fantasy 3 recreates the image we each had in childhood about the jobs and professional lives we would have as adults. Kevin wanted to be a scientist working in an underground lab and Jenn a diplomat's wife living and entertaining in a large house.

Double Fantasy

Detail view of Double Fantasy 3.  Each side of the sculpture has a model of a childhood career fantasy. Cameras project large scale images of it onto the wall, accompanied by a soundtrack. 

Jennifer and Ken McCoy

Jennifer and Ken McCoy, 2008, Digital C-print, 43”x58”

detail

Jennifer and Ken McCoy (detail)

Artist Talk

Artist Talks, 2008

Artist Talks is a related project in which 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 pre- and misconceptions of art and face value descriptors of the images presented. Although the tone of the performances ranges from comic to sincere to insightful, this work reveals the ‘artists talk’ to be a convention bound genre, but also illuminates the relativity and occasional pretension of accepted canon. The actors’ struggle reminds us of the limitation of any attempt to explain visual art with language. Postmasters Gallery, NYC