The performance-based and sculptural work of Matthew Keeney and Erin McNally meet at the intersection of farce and futility. In their inaugural collaboration, Play-by-Play, these artists take their common interest in media as material to explore the performative nature of spectator events. Using the jargon of competitive sports, Matthew Keeney & Erin McNally adopt the role of television announcers, providing play-by-play analysis of the 2014 Farm Project. Their absurd commentary uses parody to highlight the parallels between professional artists and athletes as they confront adversity. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat drive these two groups as they relentlessly pursue their elusive goals.
Farm Project 2014 Collaborative Concepts Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY
These works explore the content and interactive structures found within YouTube. Through a combination of collage and performance I engage this environment by creating videos that ultimately contribute new content that may fuel another consumer's production.
By engaging my surroundings, I create performances that manipulate everyday activities. Through the dialogue that is created, I am able to take elements from these environments and use them as tools for art making.
In this series I refine my technique as I gear up for the upcoming football season. Following the directions from different "how to" videos, I practice by incorporating and interacting with different elements of my surroundings.