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James Verbicky: Iconicity

Coral Springs Museum of Art

By Denise Colson

Canadian-born James Verbicky stimulates our perception with both the content and texture of his mixed-media collages, currently on view at Coral Springs Museum of Art. Abstraction, Pop art and Op art cross paths in his delicate “media paintings,” as he calls them. These three-dimensional surfaces transcend traditional painting’s limits and expand into the realm of sculpture. They offer us a subtle and suggestive imagery that is the result of decades of researching and collecting vintage media, advertisements and obsolete branding materials.

 James Verbicky, Citta Samtana 121, diptych, mixed media on panel, resin.

James Verbicky, Citta Samtana 121, diptych, mixed media on panel, resin.

These pieces, which turn trash into works of art, weave a narrative that is not lineal but defy viewer ability to elaborate his own interpretation of each surface based on his visual and cultural background. Verbicky’s collages are part of thousands of important private, public, celebrity and museum collections distributed all over the world. He has exhibited in Berlin, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Diego, and his works have been auctioned by Sothebys and Christie’s. Through May 23, 2015.

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