Kahn & Selesnick, ‘Baron Samedi’, 2015, Carrie Haddad Gallery

10 x 10 inch image on 17 x 22 inch paper, unframed
Edition of 5

24 x 24 inch print, $3500
32 x 32 inch print, $4500

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 the mud, holding the hand of a lady on a wooden chest. Baron Samedi is Ioa of the dead in Haitian Vodou, who can usually be found at the crossroads between the worlds of the living and the dead. When someone dies, he digs their grave and greets their soul after they have been buried, leading them to the underworld, curing any mortal of any disease or wound, if he thinks it is worthwhile.

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: Truppe Fledermaus

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