The landscapes in Kahn & Selesnick's "Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea" feel as though they're being explored for the first time. The new inhabitants--devas, avatars and astronauts--are still acclimating to the planet they've discovered. The artists depict space colonization as missionary work, and viewers witness the delicate period between first contact and assimilation.
The spiritual nature of the images is undeniable, as the inhuman, sculptural figures seem incapable of mundane action. The two beings in "Journey to Erebus Mons" are positioned like friends hiking to a picnic spot, but the strange, platonic shapes they carry couldn't possibly contain familiar foods.
The dusty skies that dominate several of the works play into this meditative theme. They serve both as a reminder of the journey it took to arrive and as a comforting backdrop to the new history the figures are setting out--in baby steps--to create.
Kahn & Selesnick's "Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea" will appear at Kopeikin Gallery at 2766 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, through July 9.