April 27, 2004

Kahn & Selesnick

Several months ago a commenter wrote, further to my entry here about the Codex Seraphinianus, that ‘there is a photography duo named Kahn & Selesnick who produce imagery of similarly meticulous surreality’. Alas, I neglected to follow up this lead until yesterday, when I received a mail from Nicholas Kahn, one half of the duo, which included a link to a site featuring some of their marvellous series of panoramic photographs. The present images are from a distinctly Nerdrumesque series entitled Scotlandfuturebog.

'Wolletrager (Woolcarriers)', panoramic photograph from Kahn & Selesnick's Scotlandfuturebog series.

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'Sumpfinselwurmloch (Marshislandwormhole)', panoramic photograph from Kahn & Selesnick's Scotlandfuturebog series.
…photographers Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick construct a strange and beautiful world that they describe as being of ‘infinite promise that cannot possibly be described or communicated except by direct experience.’ The characters we meet are bogdwellers, sole inhabitants of a planet emptied by an apocalyptic event. Left to perform obscure ceremonies in a terrain that is as intriguing as it is uninviting, the bogdwellers exist in a historical vacuum. The viewer’s imagination will soar, creating personal pretexts for the masked characters and the strange rituals they conduct. - source here.
'Sumpfweissager (Bogseer)', panoramic photograph from Kahn & Selesnick's Scotlandfuturebog series.

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'Brotmorgendämmerung (Breaddawn)', panoramic photograph from Kahn & Selesnick's Scotlandfuturebog series.

Kahn and Selesnick also collaborate on sculpture and writing, and are currently working on a project called The Apollo Prophecies that ‘takes place on the moon in Edwardian times and in the late ‘60s’, and which is due for its first exhibition at the Pepper Gallery in Boston, on May 20th.

'Barzahnstange (Bearrack)', panoramic photograph from Kahn & Selesnick's Scotlandfuturebog series.

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'Friedfurtigmann (Peacefulone)', panoramic photograph from Kahn & Selesnick's Scotlandfuturebog series.

Click on the images above to see them enlarged. These photographs are Copyright © 2003 Kahn & Selesnick and are reproduced here with permission.

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Comments

Wow! These are extremely powerful, surreal works that bring to mind also the spirit of Hieronymous Bosch! These works really make you think and wonder and feel, the sign of successful art. Wish their site showed the works a bit larger. Thank you for featuring these artists!

Posted by: Marja-Leena on April 27, 2004 05:24 PM
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