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Yancey Richardson Gallery

Truppe Fledermaus & The Carnival at the End of the World

  • Kahn & Selesnick
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    Kahn & Selesnick, A Ship of Fools, 2014
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    Kahn & Selesnick, King of Weeds, 2012
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    Kahn & Selesnick, Bridge, 2013
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    Kahn & Selesnick, The Face Behind the Face
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    Kahn & Selesnick, A Distant Storm, 2013
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    Kahn & Selesnick, Prophet of the Ditch, 2011
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    Kahn & Selesnick, Dust Bowl, 2013
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    Kahn & Selesnick, Itinerant Puppeteer, 2013
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    Kahn & Selesnick, High Water Mark, 2012
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When

May 15 - Jul 03, 2014


Where

Yancey Richardson Gallery

  • 525 W 22nd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 646.230.9610

About

Yancey Richardson is pleased to present Truppe Fledermaus & The Carnival at the End of the World, the fifth exhibition at the gallery by the collaborative duo Kahn & Selesnick. Known for elaborately staged metanarratives blending historical events with their own Dadaist performance, the darkly humorous visual fantasies of Kahn & Selesnick operate as wry metaphor, addressing economic, political, and ecological crises around the globe.

Utilizing photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and performance, the artists create robust mythic realities for each project, building imaginary, character-driven fictions from kernels of obscure historical truth. Previous bodies of work have addressed climate change and hyperinflation in 1920s Germany (Eisbergfreistadt), technology, space exploration and societal collapse (Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, and The Apollo Prophecies), oil, spirituality and the uneasy divide between East and West (City of Salt), and post-civilization tribalism (Scotlandfuturebog).

Kahn & Selesnickʼs latest project follows a fictitious cabaret troupe – Truppe Fledermaus (Bat Troupe) – who travel the countryside staging absurd and inscrutable performances in abandoned landscapes for an audience of no one. The playful but dire message presented by the troupe is of impending ecological disaster, caused by rising waters and a warming planet, the immediate consequences of which include the extinction of the Bat, in this mythology a shamanistic figure representing both nature and humanity. In one sense, the entire cabaret troupe can be seen as a direct reflection of the artists themselves, both entities employing farce and black humor to engage utterly serious concerns.

The exhibition includes photographs, sculpture and ephemera. A large wall of drawings, posters and handbills advertises the performances of Truppe Fledermaus while opposite, an installation of 100 photographic prints serves as the primary visual record of the troupeʼs characters and activities. Titled 100 Views of a Drowning World, the series references Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, which described a floating world of pleasure and beauty. Kahn & Selesnick invert that concept to illustrate instead a world that is sinking into a marsh.


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