Featuring in Madison Gallery
salon this month is James Verbicky
much-anticipated solo exhibition, “Mode
.” The prominent piece that inspired the show’s title, one of the
artist’s signature “media paintings,” has been seamlessly executed on the
exterior of a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, which will be exhibited as a
showpiece on the opening night. The artist’s automobile symbolizes the
disorienting effects of rampant branding, and the contemporary craze for speed
and acceleration. Elsewhere, the panel Mode Selector 6
(2014) proposes a
bold checkerboard system to contain the infinite logos and other graphics that
otherwise proliferate throughout advertising space.
A selection of Verbicky’s prior works, from the “Citta Samtana,”
“Force Bloom,” “Monetaire,” and “Blitz” series will also be on view, along with
“Papillon En Fleur,” a new set of butterfly paintings commissioned by Neiman
Marcus. His earlier series feature large-scale, glossy assemblages made from
vintage magazine cutouts applied in brilliant geometric or grid-like patterns
to Baltic birch panels, then finished with slick resin.
Drawing from the aesthetics of Pop and Minimalism, with a truly
sharp eye for color, Verbicky’s panels pay homage to the once totalizing
influence of print media and advertising. In vibrant works such as Unikalna
and Citta Samtana Diptych 90
(both 2014), vintage
materials from yellowed books and discarded fashion magazines are transformed
into tight compositions that echo the rhythms of masterpieces by Kenneth Noland
and Frank Stella
works seem to explode with sensitively repurposed visual information, venturing
into the realm of sculpture based on the physical accumulation of media clout.
Selector” is on view at Madison Gallery, La Jolla,
California, from June 21st–July 21st, 2014.