Update: Rescheduled for October i0, 2020
Max Steven Grossman & James Verbicky
Laura Rathe Fine Art Announces a Duo Exhibition featuring Max Steven Grossman & James Verbicky
(DALLAS, TX, February 24th, 2020) – Dallas Design District Gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces a duo exhibition‘Reconstructed’, featuring new works by Max Steven Grossman and James Verbicky.
LRFA will be hosting the opening reception on Saturday, March 28thfrom 5:00-8:00pm with an artist talk at 6:45pm.
Objects separated from their original context can be rebuilt to serve an entirely new purpose. Artists Max Steven Grossman and James Verbicky use this concept when creating different thoughts and ideas through their art. Each working with identifiable imagery, they thoughtfully assemble fragments of various media, focusing primarily on textual references, to reconstruct a whole new dialogue with the viewer.
Max Steven Grossman uses composite images from various bookshelves, and combines them to form libraries that only exist in his photographs. Each composition, or in Grossman’s own words, collage, is an intricate process of digital manipulation and engineering in the hopes of creating a personal conversation with each viewer. Grossman returns time and again to these bookscapes to not only reflect on the changing nature of books and photographs, but to allow for the physical world to be taken over by the virtual world he constructs.
Verbicky uses vintage and current media clippings, dissecting them to form new messages. His work leads viewers to question the undeniable prevalence of popular imagery and its effect on modern life. His ‘Media Paintings’ bridge the gap between sculpture and painting by binding fragments of vintage media to one another, using both language and imagery and melting them together. By unearthing and layering the remnants of numerous disparate generations, the artworks transcend simple words and images, which become objects that contain the essence of human culture.
‘Reconstructed’will be on display through May 2nd, 2020.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MAX STEVEN GROSSMAN
Max Steven Grossman was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1971. He originally studied engineering and graduated from the University of Philadelphia in 1994. Soon after he discovered his passion in life for photography. In 2000, Max Steven graduated from New York University and the International Center of Photography with a Master of Arts specializing in photography. The two diverse studies of engineering and the arts have helped to mold the creative photography of Grossman into a study of reality and imagination.
Grossman’s photographs have been exhibited around the world including Beatriz Esguerra Art in Bogota, Colombia, Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Colombia, Museum of Modern Art in Barranquilla, Colombia, Art Wynwood in Miami, Art Southampton in Long Island, NY, ArteBA in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and AAF Hong Kong. He has also exhibited extensively in fairs and foundations internationally such as Switzerland, Panama, Hong Kong and Spain. Grossman’s photography can be found in private, public, and museum collections all over the world.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from Polish descent, James Verbicky lived the majority of his early life between Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. As an adult, Verbicky moved to the U.S., and after struggling with legitimacy for many years, was awarded the rarely bestowed ‘Extraordinary Ability’ green card from the U.S. government due to his extensive involvement with a myriad of museums, galleries, charity organizations, and publications across America. In 2008, his work was selected for a 110 year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre, in Paris, France, with the Societie Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
Verbicky’s original works are counted in thousands of important private, public, celebrity and museum collections in countries all over the world. He collaborates frequently with philanthropic organizations, using his artwork to raise thousands for nonprofits like the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium. His works have been the focus of international exhibitions, from Berlin, to New York City, to Boston, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and have been auctioned by Sothebys & Christie’s.
ABOUT LAURA RATHE FINE ART
With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, gallery owner, Laura Rathe, started her career working as a private art dealer before establishing Laura Rathe Fine Art (LRFA) in 1998 in Houston, Texas. LRFA now operates out of two locations in Houston and a third gallery in Dallas on Dragon Street, the city’s premiere arts district destination. Since the gallery’s inception, LRFA has established itself as a leading contemporary art venue, offering an impressive range of exhibitions and programming to its patrons in both cities.
LRFA represents a dynamic roster of established and mid-career contemporary artists working in a variety of media, many of whom have been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate, and museum collections. Various clientele include BBVA Compass, HKS Architects, Wells Fargo, W Hotels, UT Southwestern, and Halliburton. LRFA also participates in a number of prominent art fairs including CONTEXT Art Miami, Art Southampton, Art Wynwood, the Houston Fine Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and the Dallas Art Fair.