Lagemann & Verbicky (Mar. 5 – May 23, 2015)

(Main Gallery)

Peter Pan / Rainer Lagemann

Peter Pan / Rainer Lagemann

Rainer Lagemann is a notable sculptor, born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1959. He received his formal education at the FH Lippe University in Detmold, Germany, specializing in Design and Architecture. After moving to San Francisco Bay area in 1988 Rainer owned a successful retail gallery dedicated to importing and selling modern European furniture. In 2007 he sold his share of the business to concentrate on his lifelong passion: sculpture. Lagemann is fascinated by the human body, the classic theme of artistic expression and struggle, depicted in all shapes, materials and mediums since the existence of mankind. His sculpture captures the human body in motion–a freeze frame of classic, timeless gestures and emotions. The sculptures are both ethereal and concrete. The forms he creates are how one imagines a Nureyev or Baryshnikov would look in mid-flight. This exhibition, Shaping the Square showcases his work. Lagemann uses hollow metal squares to sculpt the human form, creating works that elicit both the strength and delicacy of the body. Each square represents the trials and tribulations of life. The four corners are the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual dimension of human being. They are the framework of the spirit and the image of the body. The hollow squares strip away distractions, leaving a powerful vision and exploration of the human body, adding an element of mystery and abstraction. This technique adds a spiritual dimension to the human shapes and forms and gives Rainer’s sculptures a universal quality. With all of Lagemann’s sculptures there is a secondary layer of beauty, abstraction and mystery. When darkness falls and the lights come on, the exquisite shadows of form, squares, body and spirit cast themselves upon the walls creating a second sculpture of light and shadow. Lagemann’s sculptures have been exhibited in both solo and group shows around the world since 2007 are also in numerous collections worldwide.

Citta Samtana Diptych 121 / James Verbicky

Citta Samtana Diptych 121 / James Verbicky

In James Verbicky’s exhibition Iconicity, the viewer is stimulated by both the content and texture of these mixed media works, often referred to as the media paintings. The three dimensional surfaces transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture, and by utilizing vintage media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials, Verbicky presents us with the result of decades of attempts to persuade, manipulate, and coerce through subtle and suggestive imagery. His works are at once deeply conceptual and hauntingly beautiful: their abstraction capturing both forgotten and persisting icons of media and reminding us that we are constantly being influenced. A Canadian born artist, Verbicky moved to the US as an adult and many years later 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 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 contribute to nonprofits like the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium. His works have been the focus of international exhibitions ranging from Berlin to New York City, to Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Diego, and have been auctioned by Sothebys & Christie’s.

Rainer Lagemann and James Verbicky Exhibitions Sponsored by DTR Modern Galleries

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