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Recommended GO Brooklyn Studio: Saul Chernick

by The AFC Staff on September 4, 2012
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Saul Chernick’s combinations of new and Renaissance-style motifs create a slow surreality, often quietly revealing what’s off about each picture. As Saul has written, that’s kind of the point—graphic symbols blend over time into periods of hundreds, rather than tens, of years.

Some of the work presents a clear confrontation between digital media windows and Renaissance framing devices, while the others are more subtle—a Pan-like figure playing air guitar, or images made with permanent marker. There’s a little bit of video game fantasy in the Renaissance-looking watercolor, “The Gathering Place.” We asked him about all of that.

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by Art Fag City on September 11, 2010

DIRTY MAGAZINE | SAUL CHERNICK: a Whimsical Narrative – When you look at a Dürer print or a Breugel drawing, they're packed with visual information, teeming with it, bubbling over with it–it's everything and the kitchen sink. They're dense. They're complex. Most of all they're compressed, they force you to do a lot of work […]

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Art in Review – Saul Chernick – ‘Borrowed From the Charnel House’ –

by Art Fag City on July 7, 2010

Art in Review – Saul Chernick – ‘Borrowed From the Charnel House’ – – IMG MGMT artist Saul Chernick gets a positive review in the NYTimes.

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Saul Chernick at Max Protetch Tonight

by Paddy Johnson on June 10, 2010

Saul Chernick, Desktop 2013, 2010, Ink, Watercolor, & Opaque White on Paper, 16.25 x 27 inches Saul Chernick’s exhibition, Borrowed From the Charnel House opens tonight at Max Protetch, which means you’ll have roughly a month and a half to visit a show you really shouldn’t miss. As a matter of disclosure I should mention that […]

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MYARTSPACE Interviews Saul Chernick

by Art Fag City on October 10, 2008

Saul Chernick, An Autumn Ride, 2008, Ink on Paper, 20 x 32 inches (click on the above image to supersize) Brian Sherwin interviews Art Fag City IMG MGMT artist Saul Chernick, and through the course of the conversation, the artist discusses the relationship of cinema to his work.  While I don’t have much to add […]

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In Our Masthead: Saul Chernick

by Art Fag City on September 18, 2007

Predator's Waltz
Saul Chernick, “The Predator’s Waltz,” 2006, Ink on Paper, 16 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches framed

Saul Chernick’s drawings reinterpret and reconfigure classical images of the miraculous as they appear in Judeo/Christian mythology. Using a mark language that carries the same sense of weight and authority that religious iconography tends to possess, his drawings are set in Protosapia, an Eden like-environment that serves as both laboratory and breeding ground for an alternate or “would-be” human species. It is a place where ideas about creation, sexual politics, and iconography coalesce to create new possibilities embodied by its inhabitants, the Protosapiens. Saul, received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 and his MFA from Rutgers University in 2001. His work is currently on view at Max Protetch Gallery.

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The Art Fag City Emerging Artist Summer Series: The Drawings of Saul Chernick

by Art Fag City on July 27, 2006

Creation myths are a response to the unanswerable question: Where do we come from? Like gods, those who assign meaning and purpose to our existence also determine who and what is most valued. I am interested in understanding ways that power is asserted by the Judeo/Christian mythologies concerning creation and the afterlife. Using a mark […]

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Happy Not-My-President’s Day

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 20, 2017
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Kick the week off with the closing reception of an anti-Trump poetry show at EIDIA House, part of their “Plato’s Cave” exhibition series. Tuesday, artist Hakan Topal and curator Joanna Lehan talk about representations of refugees at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and Wednesday two artists plunge into the aesthetics of capitalism and consumption at respective openings downtown.

Things lighten up a bit starting Thursday. We’re looking forward to the NYC debut of North Carolina artist Carmen Neely at Jane Lombard Gallery and Monica Bonvicini’s oddly sexy work at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. On Friday, AFC friend Saul Chernick is opening a collaborative show at NURTUREart in Bushwick, and Saturday Liinu Grönlund’s rat-centric video work goes live at Open Source Gallery. End the week with a timely show about barriers and portals from A.K. Burns at Callicoon Fine Arts.

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GIF of the Day: Petra Cortright’s System Landscapes

by Paddy Johnson on August 24, 2015

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Petra Cortright’s floral digital paintings command a lot of attention these days, but given the choice, I’d pretty much always look her system landscape GIFs from 2007. Perhaps it’s just a preference for her choice of media, but I also consider the work more important for its early example use of the computer environment as a compositional device. We see that a lot more commonly now—new and established artists like Camille HenrotSondra Perry and Saul Chernick have all used the commuter screen to frame their work with great success—and with good reason. It has a large presence in our minds and shapes how we see the world. Cortright was sensitive to this earlier then most.

Unlike most landscapes, which suggest passage through them, many of the animations in this series show us the places, but prevent us from entering. At every mapping stage there are broken notices like “Try Again.” and “Door is Closed.” Later in the sequence, the images switch to small growing flowers surrounded by wire frames that size up as the plants get bigger. By the end the windows have become tiny. “Connected” reads one, followed by “Disconnected.” Ten “Cloud Forest”, then a seemingly endless number of tiny squares with landscapes, each reading “Away Message.” “I’m back!”




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