Since the early 1990s, the duo has explored art through technology, using various methods from extensive categorization, to reenactment, to miniaturization. Their new work, titled “Marisa’s Office,”is on display in the Electronic Gallery through Saturday, April 5.
Using live internet-enabled cameras to film artwork insitu, this site-specific, live video installation shows two images in split screen. One image results from a camerac in the office of Galleries Manager Marisa Sage, showing a 1982 portrait of Jane Fonda taken by AndyWarhol. The other image is live feed from the McCoys’ studio, where a small television plays the Jean-Luc Godard’s and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s film Letter to Jane on loop. Letter to Jane was made 10 years before the portrait and served as a cinematic essay deconstructing a news photograph from Fonda’s famous trip to Vietnam.
In comparing the two images — one photo, one film transferred to video, all projected in the gallery through real-time data feeds — the McCoys examine the speed and immediacy of the contemporary image and its capacity to spark critique in the era of the 24-hour news cycle.
The McCoys create works that question how meaning is established and how cultural memories are formed. Their collaborative practice occupies many terrains: exhaustive categorization, recreation and reenactment, automation, miniaturization, and most recently remote viewing and speculative modeling. Ranging from installation and software forms to curatorial practice, their art often uses technology to produce live effects and experiences. At SU, the McCoys marry these live effects with an investigation of real spaces. The McCoys’ work has been exhibited nationally at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, P.S.1, Postmasters Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum and Internationally in exhibitions including projects at the Pompidou Center, the British Film Institute, ZKM, the Hanover Kunstverein, the Bonn Kunstverein and F.A.C.T. (Liverpool, UK).