The Apollo PropheciesNicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick
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The Apollo Prophecies depicts, in one extravagantly long duotone panorama, an imagined expedition of 1960s American astronauts. Landing on the moon, they discover a lost mission of Edwardian-era astronauts who greet them as long-awaited gods. Part Jules Verne, part Stanley Kubrick, the panoramic moonscape literally unfolds in episodes that intermingle artifacts from early-20th-century exploration with space-age gadgetry. Using digital photography, the artists combine real-life locations, miniature models, and full-scale props of their own devising to produce a dramatic narrative played out by space-suit-clad astronauts (and similarly clad monkeys and elephants). This is an Apollo lunar mission both dreamlike yet oddly familiar—and utterly convincing.
Included in this ingenious package is a 16-page booklet with a mind-bending narrative illustrated with four-color mixed-media drawings.
Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick (born in New York City and London, respectively) have been collaborating since 1986. Their work is in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; Brooklyn Museum; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution, and many private collections. Residents of the New York region, they are represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; Pepper Gallery, Boston; Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles; Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; Irvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C.; and Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago.