Solana Beach, 18 September, 2019 – Madison Gallery presents James Verbicky’s tenth solo exhibition, Lost Where I Belong. This exhibition will examine Verbicky’s creative progression. From his sculptural mixed media paintings composed of vintage periodicals to his new Citta Samtana: REBIRTH serieson canvas. By utilizing vintage media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials, Verbicky presents us with the result of decades of attempts to persuade, manipulate, and coerce through subtle and suggestive imagery. His works are at once deeply conceptual and hauntingly beautiful and abstract, capturing both forgotten and persisting icons of media and reminding us that we are all constantly being influenced.
“I’ve taken my Citta Samtana Series, formerly built with forgotten ephemera, and deconstructed it, rebuilding it as a looser, more intuitive sequence of paintings. I’ve used inverted compositions from unrelated and wild studio sessions, dissected the canvases, and built each piece layer upon layer. Lost Where I Belong means truly that: what you’re seeing is a window into time: a glimpse, a fragment of my mindset and the cathartic and unpredictable experience of working with the paint.” – James Verbicky
Verbicky collaborates frequently with philanthropic organizations, using his artwork to contribute to nonprofits like the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium. He has been the focus of international exhibitions ranging from Berlin to Bangkok, Beirut to New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. His pieces have been auctioned by Sothebys & Christie’s, and are counted in thousands of important private, public, celebrity and museum collections in countries all over the world.