Kahn & Selesnick, ‘Alessandro, Duckweed, Poe’, 2015, Carrie Haddad Gallery

Archival pigment print, 10 x 10 inches on 17 x 22 inch paper ($2000)
Also available in 24 x 24 inches ($3500) and 32 x 32 inches ($4500)

Composed in a cool palette of jade and emerald green, beige, umber, and accents of pale blue, this photograph by artist duo Kahn & Selesnick combines the classically beautiful with the eerie. The image depicts a young man donned in period dress standing in a shallow pool. He is surrounded by a marshy landscape, and holds a book in one hand. Pieces of pottery and other objects in the background suggest a greater narrative, which can be found in the rest of the Dreams of a Drowning World series.

Artist statement on Dreams of a Drowning World:
The contemporary saga of collaborative duo, Kahn & Selesnick, continues to evolve as the artists release new images from Dreams of the Drowning World. The visual narrative speaks to the delicate balance between nature’s luscious beauty and the threat of its loss. The defeat illustrated between man and nature is stunningly beautiful as the characters are surrounded by abundant flora and objects of their past-time amidst the rising waters. The mid-19th century painting of a drowning Ophelia is referenced in the six foot tall prints of vertical God-like figures, appearing peaceful and dreamlike as they float in a motionless marsh. Smaller, arch-topped vignettes offer a reverent view on figures that lay in a transcendent state of surrender. This elaboration on the Truppe Fledermaus series is perhaps proof of the artist’s deeply imaginative, if cautionary, contemplation.

Series: Dreams of a Drowning World

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