June 12, 2008

The Phatory LLC is pleased to announce a two-person show with Saul Chernick and Ernest Concepcion. The exhibition opens on June 12th and will run through August 5th. A reception with the artists will be held on Thursday June 12th, from 7-9pm with two nights of animations on Friday, June 27th and Friday July 18th from 7-9pm.

This selection of paintings and drawings by Saul Chernick and Ernest Concepcion reveal two different adaptations of the vernacular, gestural line seen frequently in comic strips, graffiti and street art. While retracing the development of continued linear movement, both artists transform banal, everyday imagery into abundantly complex fantasies. Chernick’s two-tone drawings focus on the individual mark as a critical component, forming a bridge to classical drawing while piecing together phantasmagoric representations. In complimentary fashion, science fiction underlies Concepcion’s work, which begins as an empty landscape that is quickly tagged with spaceships, robots and mythical beasts battling each other in an imaginary war. This exhibition explores the pictorial tensions of sequential art as the drawn line evolves gradually from one subject into another.

Saul Chernick completed his degree in art at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is represented by the Max Protetch Gallery. Ernest Concepcion receive d his degree from the University of the Phillippines in Quezon City and has exhibited in numerous group shows throughout New York City.

Jill Conner
The Phatory LLC
Guest Curator