Saul Chernick

Enlightened Objects

Soloway
348 South 4th Street
Brooklyn
Williamsburg
May 9th 2021 — Jun 20th 2021

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InnerKiddo, founder of the Academy of Magical Thinking, teaches grown-ups to access their own inner children. Entering the back gallery of “Enlightened Objects” at Soloway is a start: the annex has been transformed into a magical menagerie of fake flowers, sheer cloths, butterflies, feathers, and a feeding cow, with an adorned spinning purple light as centerpiece.

Artist Saul Chernick would seem to need no such lessons. On view are a pair of squiggly polka-dotted creatures joined in a Matissean dance, their clear heads filled with baubles of quinoa, like an inspired mini-gumball dispenser. Elsewhere, paint palettes are re-filled with pans of popsicle-hued yellow, red, and blue clays, and fitted with marbles, stones, and plastic trinkets such as a pair of duck’s feet. It might not surprise a viewer to learn that Chernick’s work took a turn for the playful after he recently became a father—indeed, a pair of rock-embedded sculptures with mushroom-shaped heads and horse-like bodies look much like father and son. 

The most enigmatic, evocative, and familiar object on view is a dun-colored telephone with a coiled cord and cradle, covered with raised yellow runes: part ancient artifact, part futuristic gizmo, part playful reprisal of defunct object, re-infused with new meaning.

Saul Chernick, Untitled, 2020. Homemade sculpting compound, stones, armature, 10.5 x 9.5 x2 .75 inches.

  • Through
    Jun 6th

    A traveling exhibition of 69 oil paintings, watercolors and works on paper aims to chart Milton Avery’s trajectory and contextualize his work for a new generation.

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    May 29th

    Inspired by fractals, Renee Cox’s deity-like collages of Black figures constitute an Afrofuturist creation myth.

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    Jun 6th

    An economical survey of Jonas Mekas, “The Camera Was Always Running” serves as a touching introduction to the Lithuanian filmmaker and champion of avant-garde cinema.

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    May 22nd

    Exhibited with melodic sight-lines, Mary Manning’s “Ambient Music” hums with the background noise of the subconscious.

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    May 28th

    The words masterful and mastery assert themselves the instant one encounters the works in “My Body,” both for Nancy Grossman’s command of a wide range of skills and her active state of dominance, identity and selfhood.

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    May 23rd

    Full of whimsy and delight, Fernanda Laguna’s work in “The Path of the Heart” cuts an incisive critique of sociopolitical issues in Latin America.

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    May 28th

    The work in Valentina Vaccarella’s “Bless this Life” rests on a simple irony: monogrammed, embroidered French bridal linens pulled taut across stretcher bars and besmirched by rough images of modern madams.

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    Jun 6th

    Daniel Lie’s “Unnamed Entities” at the New Museum challenges the antiseptic aim of curation and conservation by imagining a different kind of organic art that needs to be nurtured rather than preserved.

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    Jan 2nd 2023

    The sonic encounters provoked by Camille Norment’s elaborate acoustic artworks serve as agents for social consciousness.

  • Ongoing

    Day’s End, an elegiac memorial to and stubborn ghost of eras bygone, will also serve as silent witness to the inevitable changes to come.

  • Ongoing

    Dia’s recent acquisition of works by Charles Gaines forms the basis of this survey, which includes the artist’s first forays into mathematics-based grid drawings and other early experiments in medium and form.