Kahn + Selesnick : Panoramas and Artifacts 1996-2006
Apr 15 – May 27, 2006
Robischon Gallery is pleased to present a compendium exhibition by internationally-noted artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. "Panoramas and Artifacts: 1996 – 2006" includes selected photographs and created artifacts from five of their highly-regarded, collaborative series: "The Apollo Prophecies," "City of Salt," "Scotlandfuturebog," "The Circular River" and "The Flight Series."
For over ten years, Kahn and Selesnick have invented mysterious and absurd storylines that parallel modern-day realities. Through humor, thoughtful political commentary and spiritual layering, the artists' complex and bizarre worlds entwine the past and the future while transporting the viewer on to impossible journeys. They create visionary and perhaps cautionary tales that strike oddly familiar chords. Their elaborate, fictional constructions combine live actors on sets and shots of miniature models to create provocative and playful, digital photographs. The artistic team then explores how images, words and what initially appears to be "evidence" conspire to manufacture the appearance of reality within their created environments.
Kahn and Selesnick, born in New York and London, respectively, each received a B.F.A. from St. Louis' Washington University in 1986. Their work has been widely shown in prestigious national and international galleries and museums including the National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Fogg Museum of Art, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England. Their photographs have appeared in Time Magazine and Aperture Magazine. "City of Salt" and "Scotlandfuturebog" are conveyed in their entirety in monographs from Aperture. These books are available through the Robischon Gallery.