James Verbicky “Era”
January 19 – February 19, 2013
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2012 San Diego, CA
Madison Gallery is proud to present new works by mixed media artist James Verbicky.
“These artworks derive from and exist in the social realm, but they burrow beneath the fast-flowing surface of that realm to excavate its lyricism, mourn its fast-fading tactility (one subtheme coursing through the Media Paintings rues the dying of print as the predominant communication medium), and insist on its history, its cultural memory. Will we be remembered for our artifacts, as other civilizations are? Verbicky proposes that we will be remembered even more for the way
such artifacts reach those who desire them, and for how the producers of artifacts are able to induce such desire. Image, language, and the imaging of language figure crucially in this manipulation of perceived need, and Verbicky isolates imaged language – brand names and logos, headlines and titles – from its contexts in order
to derail, or perhaps magnify, its potency. How many of these logos and titles do you recognize? How do you regard them here, cut loose from the ad pages and flyers, product placements and pop-ups? What do you possess?”
– Huffington Post Art Critic Peter Frank, 2012
About The Artist: James Verbicky
James Verbicky was born in Canada from Polish descent. As an adult, he moved to the U.S., and after struggling with legitimacy for many years, was awarded the rarely bestowed “Extraordinary Ability” green card from the U.S. government due to his extensive involvement with a myriad of museums, galleries, charity organizations, and publications across America.
In 2008, Verbicky exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, with the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and his media paintings, released in 2010, have garnered an international following. He exhibits around the world from New York City to Berlin, Germany, and his works have been auctioned by Sothebys and Christie’s. Verbicky originals are counted in thousands of private, public, celebrity and museum collections in countries all over the world.