Join us for an Artist Talk with Kevin McCoy in response to Cartooney, October 18, 2019

October 18, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Artist Talk
Kevin McCoy (Kevin & Jennifer McCoy)

We are delighted to welcome Kevin McCoy who will speak on behalf of the influential, media art practice of Kevin & Jennifer McCoy. Kevin will also speak on the acclaimed work in this exhibition, Every Anvil in which indexed shots from old Looney Toon cartoons are broken down into descriptive categories according to violence and physical extremism. Each category is contained on its own CD with can be selected and played on a DVD player. By dissecting predictable storylines and reconfiguring them into non-hierarchal fragments, the McCoys emphasize alternative ways to experience conventional narratives, a strategic practice that is at the heart of their artistic practice.

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are media artists whose works extends from film and video to installation and generative software. Their work often seeks to situate new technologies within our culture, using contemporary tools and questioning their impact both on the individual and on the collective culture.Early projects include a series of sculptures which present databases of narrative television clips filtered into categorical frameworks. Their live installations depend on software that manipulates images as they are presented and represented. In their work, technology serves as a mediator between the human and the world, and as an active force which not only shapes its material but reframes the entire project of what we choose to see. Recent work includes generative software that uses blockchain technology to create long form ecosystems for images to change and evolve.

The McCoys' work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally - their exhibitions include the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, British Film Institute- Southbank in London, The Nevada Art Museum, The San Jose Museum of Art, The Addison Museum of American Art, The Sundance Film Festival, and many other venues in the US, Europe and Asia.

Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the 21C Museum, and the Speed Museum. They received a Creative Capital award in 2003, the Wired Rave Award for Art in 2005, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and a Headlands Alumni Award in 2014. Their work is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York.

In 2022 Kevin received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for co-developing the technology that eventually became known as the NFT.