Kahn and Selesnick's 'Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World' Opens Jan. 25 in the Tremaine

Image by Kahn and Selesnick: A Jolly Company. Thumbnail image: King of Birds


The Tremaine Art Gallery is pleased to present a multimedia installation by collaborative artist pair Kahn and Selesnick: Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World. The installation, which includes photography, sculpture, and drawing, will run Jan. 25 through Feb. 23.  A reception will be held at the gallery Jan. 25, 4 - 6 p.m. and a talk with the artists will take place Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. 

The fictional Truppe Fledermaus travel the countryside staging absurd and inscrutable performances in abandoned landscapes. Creating a ‘Theater of Memory’, the Truppe may commemorate the passing of an unusual cloud or document their attempts to flee the rising waters of a warming planet, as well as portray an intriguing array unusual figures, creatures, events, or mysterious phenomena from their world. While the installation addresses ecological themes, Kahn & Selesnick also use the installation’s format as a metaphor for the manner in which seemingly inexhaustible quantities of information are disseminated to us in the modern world.

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been working together since they met while art students 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.

To learn more about their work, visit kahnselesnick.biz.

The Tremaine Art Gallery is located in the Main Building of The Hotchkiss School. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.  For more information about this and other events at The Hotchkiss School, phone (860) 435-4423. 

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