Jennifer & Kevin McCoy
What if Conrad’s Kurtz in The Heart of Darkness kept repeating ‘the horror, the horror’ over and an over and never shut up? This is brought to mind by the McCoy’s one shot take recreating a 30-second scene from the horror film Evil Dead 2 by Sam Rami.
Locked within a cycle of non-sequential playback created by software algorithms, the McCoy’s obsessive exploration of television and film content takes the briefest of moments and catapults it into a never-ending realm where the middle becomes the beginning becomes the end becomes the beginning becomes the middle, “the horror of all horror chases”.
“Horror Chase” suggests the notion that the monster is the machine – a database that forces seemingly random orders of movement upon the McCoy’s fleeing actor through series of awkward reversals. As he goes flying back through doors just plowed down, the anxiety on his face suggests that what he fears most is the knowledge of his Sisyphean dash and what he is running from is the obligated movement itself.
Jennifer & Kevin McCoy are Brooklyn-based artists who make projects about how human thinking is structured through genre and repetition. In NYC, their work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, P.S.1, Postmasters Gallery, the New Museum, and Smack Mellon. International exhibitions include projects at ZKM, The Cornerhouse Gallery (Manchester, UK), Van Laere Gallery (Antwerp, Belgium), and an upcoming show at F.A.C.T. (Liverpool, UK). In 2002 they received a Creative Capital Grant for Emerging Fields and in 2001 they received a New Media Award from the Colbert Foundation. Articles about their work have appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The Wire, dArt International, Spin Magazine, Feed, and The Independent.