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Traffic #1: Our Second Date emphasizes the ways in which cultural phenomena become integrated into and shaped by personal histories. This work re-imagines the traffic-jam scene from the 1967 Jean-Luc Godard film Week-End, which the couple saw together in Paris. A meticulously constructed miniature diorama occupies a rotating tabletop. As it turns, cameras project the changing scenes from Godard’s movie onto the gallery wall, and the piece as a whole merges the sculptural with the cinematic.
Born in Sacramento, California in 1968, Jennifer McCoy received a BA in Theater Arts with a concentration in Film Studies from Cornell University in 1990. Born in Seattle, Washington in 1967, Kevin McCoy earned a BA in Philosophy from Whitman College in 1989. Both artists received an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994. Since they initiated their artistic partnership in 1990, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy have produced multimedia works combining film, animation, and kinetic sculpture that examine the relationship between technology and the construction of narratives. Their projects have been exhibited internationally in venues including The Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; The New Museum; and the Center for Media and Art (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany. The McCoys live and work in New York.