Aaron Garber-Maikovska Biography

The work of Aaron Garber-Maikovska (b. 1978, Washington, D.C.) encompasses painting, drawing, performance, and video—interconnected modes of communicating a vernacular of somatic expression. Garber-Maikovska describes the site of the body and its role in making art not simply as a tool with which to navigate our world, but 'a centralised perceptive sphere of emotional, physical, conceptual, and spiritual inquiry.'

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Garber-Maikovska’s performances are set in private and public spaces, oftentimes in chain restaurants and mall parking lots. The artist approaches these cultural backdrops of late-capitalism, post-democracy, and neo-liberalism with kinesthetic investigations—gesture, rhythmic motion, dance and vocal utterances. These guerrilla appearances that are often documented as video works summon the vocabularies of ‘60s and ‘70s video art in their utilisation of minimal editing techniques, repetition, and physical action.

The gestural bravado, movement, and visual language present in this multi-faceted practice are synthesized in an effort to forge a new lexicon in painting. As curator and writer Jan Tumlir puts it: '[Garber-Maikovska’s] paintings accumulate into an embodied alphabet, a vocabulary, and at the same time an index of possible ways to negotiate space.' Working on the floor, Garber-Maikovska layers the surfaces of bright white 10-foot foam core gator board or fluted polypropylene with electric colour from pastels or from oil sticks made of raw pigments, wax and oil by the artist himself, giving rise to intricate compositions of abstract forms. Using the artist’s own body as a site of investigation, these works are corporal articulations yielded from a mantra-like exercise in muscle memory, an attempt to carve a space of creative freedom from the social engineering and spatial division of a postmodern world.

Aaron Garber-Maikovska lives and works in Los Angeles. His work is represented in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Text courtesy Blum & Poe.

Aaron Garber-Maikovska Featured Artworks

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Door to the Mountain by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Door to the Mountain, 2022 Ink and oil on fluted poly
205.7 x 205.1 x 5.1 cm
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Iris by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Iris, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
179.7 x 205.4 x 5.1 cm
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Little Comb by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Little Comb, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
123.8 x 91.1 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
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Green Way by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Green Way, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
124.1 x 89.9 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
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Orange Way by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Orange Way, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
120 x 89.9 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
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Yellow Orange Loop by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Yellow Orange Loop, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
123.8 x 90.5 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
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Blue Bridge by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Blue Bridge, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
81.6 x 124.1 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
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Yellow Bridge by Aaron Garber-Maikovska contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Aaron Garber-Maikovska Yellow Bridge, 2021 Ink and oil on fluted poly
81.6 x 123.8 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
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Aaron Garber-Maikovska Recent Exhibitions

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Aaron Garber-Maikovska Represented By

Blum & Poe contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Blum & Poe Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo
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