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In 2010, Canadian born, California resident James Verbicky pioneered the “Citta Samtana” series (sanskrit words which
translate loosely into “mental continuum” or mindstream). Themed around our current world of media and branding
and its attempts to persuade, manipulate, and coerce through subtle and suggestive …

Medium
Signature
Yes
Series
Citta Samtana
Image rights
James Verbicky and Kostuik Gallery

James Verbicky is renowned for what he calls “media paintings”, large sculptural assemblages of Baltic birch wood covered in vintage advertisements for popular brands and imagery from foreign magazines bought along the Seine in Paris. He arranges the layers of paper in a horizontal grid, paying homage to pioneering Modernists and Minimalists such as Piet Mondrian, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis. A resin topcoat renders the surface shiny and the paper transparent, so that the images on the backsides bleed through to the front, creating a sense of depth. Paying attention to what is behind each piece of paper “makes the collage more interesting and creates a certain mood,” he says. Verbicky’s collages, which can be “read” in any direction, evoke familiar scenes and subjects, from flowers in bloom, to a racetrack blurred in action, to stock tickers scrolling across a television screen.

Selected exhibitions
2019
James Verbicky: Peace PortalSamuel Owen Gallery
2018
Factor of Existenceestéreo
FOCUS - James VerbickyGalerie LeRoyer
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Cranes Son Ten 11, 2017

Mixed Media Collage/Resin on Wood
48 × 36 × 2 1/2 in
121.9 × 91.4 × 6.4 cm
Location
Vancouver

In 2010, Canadian born, California resident James Verbicky pioneered the “Citta Samtana” series …

Medium
Signature
Yes
Series
Citta Samtana
Image rights
James Verbicky and Kostuik Gallery

James Verbicky is renowned for what he calls “media paintings”, large sculptural assemblages of Baltic birch wood covered in vintage advertisements for popular brands and imagery from foreign magazines bought along the Seine in Paris. He arranges the layers of paper in a horizontal grid, paying homage to pioneering Modernists and Minimalists such as Piet Mondrian, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis. A resin topcoat renders the surface shiny and the paper transparent, so that the images on the backsides bleed through to the front, creating a sense of depth. Paying attention to what is behind each piece of paper “makes the collage more interesting and creates a certain mood,” he says. Verbicky’s collages, which can be “read” in any direction, evoke familiar scenes and subjects, from flowers in bloom, to a racetrack blurred in action, to stock tickers scrolling across a television screen.

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