Is the Future of Humanity in Space?
“Adrift on the Hourglass Sea” is an artistic and fictional documentation of life on Mars by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. Their work “…consists of one painting, two dozen photographs, eight large sculptures of concrete or concrete and tin, and 50 small pieces of tin and lead. Many of the photographs draw on NASA photo-mosaics assembled from Martian rover images, as well as photographs taken by Kahn and Selesnick in the Nevada and Utah desert.” 
Notes about the artists (from “The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Kahn & Selesnick” by Sarah Falker):
Kahn & Selesnick’s latest body of work, Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, set in a Martian landscape in part documented by NASA rovers, has just launched its premiere exhibition at Boston gallery Carroll and Sons; the project will continue to evolve over 2011 with viewings planned for New York, Chicago, Brussels and beyond.
[...] Kahn & Selesnick’s choice to populate the “Adrift” project solely with two women. We do not learn their names nor how and when they came to Mars, but we observe their wanderings in the landscape which they make navigable and habitable with an amalgam of high-tech components retrofitted to found artifacts and monuments that appear to be the remnants of a long-gone civilization. They seem to be outside of linear time—perhaps having escaped an Earth catastrophe and landing on Mars to find that its own history includes an apocalypse; or perhaps having fled the red planet at the height of the Martian disaster only to return later in time and find their former home’s traces in the large stone acoustic devices that stand sentinel over bleak and infertile valleys, very like the Moai of Rapa Nui.
1. "Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick - Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, " kahnselesnick.tumblr.com/page/4, retrieved on November 13th, 2010. Photos © Kahn & Selesnick Link via Surfstation