Jennifer and Kevin McCoy: LINCOLN2LINCOLN
November 12-December 12, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, November 12, 6-9pm, Fiendish Plots
Masks are required for entry and must be worn at all times in the gallery.
Open Saturdays and Sunday 1-4pm, or by appointment 
Cups and strings-telecom wires-internet trace routes-interstates. Throughout the pandemic’s two years all these lineages have been mined and evaluated in terms of their utility, expansiveness, and communicative capacities. How can we connect? When can we travel? Who can we talk to? How can we talk? How few people can we talk to en route? In this site-specific, road movie as drawing show exhibition, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy link two American Lincolns--the tunnel in New York City and the city of Lincoln--with a series of drawings marking each place as well as the cities in between them geographically. 
The McCoys have a long history of developing novel software and hardware to complete both gallery based installations and time based work. During the pandemic months, Kevin McCoy developed a large scale software driven plotter that deploys traditional art materials (pen, ink, charcoal) to translate photography into beautifully detailed line drawings. In “Lincoln2Lincoln,” the McCoys work from photographs along Interstate 80 to explore the shifting landscape of their westward journey from Brooklyn, NY. With place name titles, like “Howe,” “Kewannee,” and “Clarion,” these drawings evoke the non-iconic, the places on the way, in between, and driven by. Within the lines of the drawings a story is told about the pen’s capacity to create meaning through tracing the routes between marks on the paper.
Accompanying the drawings will be a time lapse film showing the production of the drawings in the McCoys’ studio. The artists will be present at Fiendish Plots on November 12 and will present their work with digital tools in a talk entitled “NFTs and the Long History of Artist-Made Tools” at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, in room CEMA101 on November 12 from 12:30-1:50pm. The lecture will also be available to join via Zoom with the following link:
Fiendish Plots
         2130 Magnum Circle
         Lincoln NE, 68522