KAHN AND SELESNICK
RICHARD SELESNICK and NICHOLAS KAHN have been collaborating as Kahn & Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations. They were both born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively. They met at Washington University in St Louis in 1982 where they collaborated informally as photography majors. After several of years of showing their art separately, they migrated to Cape Cod to work on an evolving series of photo-based projects involving fictional attributions, narratives, sculpture, and painting.
Kahn & Selesnick’s works are tactile and bodied, offering sleight of hand and the quicksilver flash of inspiration as interruptions to our habitual ways of seeing, instead encouraging us to feel the Earth and its history and to know our part in its unfolding story. The results are masterfully executed non-linear tales that appear to dream themselves.
Kahn & Selesnick have participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide and have work in over 20 collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. They have also performed artist’s residencies at Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center and 20 Summers, Toni Morrison’s Princeton Atelier, the Lux Art Institute, the Djerassi Foundation, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. In addition, they have published 3 books with Aperture Press: Scotlandfuturebog, City of Salt, and Apollo Prophecies. Their latest book, 100 Views of the Drowning World, was published by Candela Books in 2017. They have received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Provincetown Arts Council, and have been featured in documentaries produced by Voom! and PBS.
Kahn lives in Ghent NY, and Selesnick in Barrytown NY. They have been making photographs on Cape Cod for over 30 years.