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Jennifer and Kevin McCoy

Postmasters

Two kinds of time—cinematic and oneiric—pass in Jennifer and Kevin McCoy’s recent exhibition, “Directed Dreaming.” In the show’s centerpiece, the multimedia installation Dream Sequence, 2006, two rotating platforms each contain a series of dreamlike scenarios built using tiny figures and train-set-style buildings and trees. As the platforms turn, a series of cameras and mirrors project images of the miniscule film sets on to the gallery wall, to the accompaniment of a whooshing oceanic (or possibly uterine) sound track. Each projection has one element that remains unchanging as the shots of the dioramas scroll by: a plastic doll—a man in one and a woman in the other, presumably representing the artists—superimposed in the foreground, slumbering away in bed.

Thus it appears that the artists themselves are dreaming these scenes into existence. The images they conjure appear both intensely

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