100 Views of the Drowning World by Kahn & Selesnick // published by Candela Books
Welcome to number 1 in our new series Poignant Publications (a sister series to Poignant Pics). Last October at Click! Photo Festival, Gordon Stettinius gave us a sneak peek of Candela’s new title 100 Views of the Drowning World by Kahn & Selesnick. Being a long time fan of this dynamic duo myself, I was very excited about this new project and the collaboration between artists and publisher. Recently, Gordon took a few minutes to answer some of my questions in regards. But first, for context, let’s take a look at the project in this video provided by Candela.
Blue: How did Candela come to partner with Kahn & Selesnick?
B: Kahn & Selesnick seem interested in a more unconventional and interactive book, for instance, the Apollo Prophecies (Aperture) is an accordion style book. In your press release, you state “100 Views of the Drowning World is modeled on Ukiyo-e series”. Can you explain that further, and how did Candela and the artists decide on this format?
B: How is 100 Views of the Drowning World different from previous Kahn & Selesnick books/bodies of work?
Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been working together since they met while attending art school at Washington University in St. Louis in the early 1980s. Both were born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively. They work primarily in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future. Kahn & Selesnick have participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide and have work in over 20 collections, including 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.
In addition, they have published 3 books with Aperture Books, Scotlandfuturebog, City of Salt, and Apollo Prophecies.