Arist Statement: Metonymy by James Verbicky

GE Galería
Jun 22, 2018 6:47PM

   I believe people are an amalgamation of their influences and those influences can be both known and unknown. We look at ourselves in the mirror and what looks back is a reflection of people, influences, and experiences across time and space. Our culture floods us with images and symbols that are engrained in your brain from a young age, and we learn to sort and assign value to these influences. It’s in our nature to bring order out of chaos to extend our understanding and create meaning to navigate the world.

   I developed an interest in distorting the intended message as a punk kid in junior high school. I would steal my teacher’s key card for the copy machine to manipulate old Roman illustrations by moving and shifting the images as they were being copied, opening up a new perspective on what an image can become. Whether it was known or unknown at the time, I was learning to sort through the noise, to focus on what is important, to focus on what is useful, to not be satisfied with deconstruction alone, but for the reconstruction leading me forward. This is reflected in the construction of my collage work sourced across time and space. As I was thinking of redefining the traditional surface of a painting to individualize myself, it took on a sculptural form, becoming a painting that moved away from being simply a two-dimensional object.  


Rendition of sculpture from Era series by James Verbicky

   This transition from my existing work to a full-sized sculpture will allow a new way of viewing my work. Its content is sunken, contained in the grooves of the steel and occupies space in a different way than a painting. The experience heavily relies on the environment and the viewer. It’s beyond staring at one single object. It’s how it feels in time and space, the viewer never able to see all parts at once. It’s the experience of standing and looking intently, walking around, and touching the piece. As the viewer is open to interacting with the sculpture, the sculpture reveals itself to the viewer. The constantly changing sun will illuminate and expose rotating messages painted on the steel as the shadows will transform and obscure other messages. The helix sculpture, then becomes the mirror and what looks back is a structure of people, influences, and experiences contained within time and space.    

                                                                                              James Verbicky

GE Galería