James Verbicky - Semiotics, 2016

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Cover: James Verbicky, Blitz 77, 2016, mixed media with resin on panel, 48 x 60 in.


SEMIOTICS Noun : The study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior

"The media paintings bridge the gap between sculpture and painting by binding fragments of vintage media to one another, double-exposing language and image and melting them in upon themselves. By unearthing and layering the remnants of dozens of decades of disparate generations, the media paintings transcend simple words and images and become objects containing the essence of human culture." - James Verbicky JAMES VERBICKY (b. 1973, Edmonton, Canada) is a Polish-Canadian artist who currently works in the United States. In 2008, the United States government granted the artist a coveted Extraordinary Ability Green Card in recognition of his important contribution to the arts. His work has been displayed in many institutions internationally, notably at a juried exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. His most recent works include resin on wood media paintings and large scale, enamel on canvas.

Existing in a Verbicky state of mind: derive meaning from his iconic images and textual vibrancy to expose your own state of mind. React and define your existence by reflecting on what you see and what makes ‘meaning’ for you. Verbicky’s striking multimedia works defy easy description, deftly combining elements of collage with layers of resin and dye to form panels that burst with color and texture. Verbicky’s appropriation of vintage advertising imagery invites viewers to contemplate a culture of media bombardment, while his masterful sense of proportion and color stimulate the senses.

James Verbicky’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize.

Anonyme Scenario 8, 2015, hand painted silkscreen on Arches paper, 59 x 60 in.

Future Primitive 43, 2016, mixed media with resin on panel, 34 x 72 in.

Force Bloom 25, 2016, mixed medium on panel, 40 x 30 in.

Divisionaire 4, 2015, mixed media with resin on panel, 60 x 45 in.

Citta Samtana Metonymy Diptych 1, 2015, mixed media on steel/chrome, 45 x 60 in.

Citta Samtana Diptych 157, 2016, mixed media with resin on panel, 45 x 60 in.

Attaquer 10, 2015, mixed media with resin on panel, 30 x 30 in.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition: James Verbicky: Semiotics July 1st 2016 - August 31st 2016 JoAnne Artman Gallery 326 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 92651 Catalogue © JoAnne Artman Gallery Artwork © James Verbicky

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