Aaron Garber-Maikovska

21.11.2019 | 04.01.2020
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Massimo De Carlo is pleased to present Daughter, the first solo show in London by Aaron Garber-Maikovska (b.1978, Washington, D.C., US).

Within Aaron Garber-Maikovska’s practice the boundaries between art and life are hardly distinguishable. Somatic is the artist’s preferred descriptor in this instance, with Garber-Maikovska’s oeuvre situated in an interstice between movement, dance, language, painting and performance; it is ultimately the body that every action of being relates back to.

Daughter comprises of a new series of thirteen works, ranging from small rectangular pieces to large scale works, all on fluted polyboard. The artist’s all-encompassing approach extends to making oil sticks out of raw pigments, wax and oil, creating the tools to visually translate the thought process behind each work.

The exhibition coalesces around the six large-scale duo works on display on the ground floor. Here colourful fragments of bluish, scarlet, burnt sienna and ochre tones collide in an explosive burst, contained in embryonic forms that appear in pairs. An allusion to perceived duality, the abstract duos revolve around containing and channelling specific energy. Whether the duality represents the masculine/feminine, inside/outside, light/dark are extraneous; in essence – a synthesis is under way.

As the series progresses, the artist explains how the intricacies of daily actions and movements can provide a passageway to us to escape the mundanity of modern living. Using the artist’s own body as a site of investigation, the works can be conceived as a means of documentation for accustomed and accumulative muscle memory we gather whilst drifting through space. According to Garber-Maikovska, the body is not simply a tool to navigate our world with, but a centralised perceptive sphere of emotional, physical, conceptual and spiritual inquiry.

In the smaller works in the series, recognisable pictorial depictions surface, with drawings resembling a house structure appearing in four works. As the artist explains, the symbols and motifs are not, per se, a literal allusion to the subject matter as much as it is a vessel for communicating something universal, something shared.

With Daughter, the continued vibrancy of Garber-Maikovska’s works is channelled into a cohesive linear trajectory, where the personal life of the artist comes afloat in the work more inherently than before. Garber-Maikovska establishes a stylistic precedent in Daughter, adding a sense of personal nourishment into the artist’s rhythmic and gestural language. If anything, we see the artist exerting a heightened sense of control, albeit retaining the electrifying sense of movement and freedom central to the work.

The Artist

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Aaron Garber-Maikovska

Aaron Garber-Maikovska was born in Washington D.C., in 1978). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Aaron Garber-Maikovska's work pushes the boundaries of traditional painting as his somatic experience heavily informs his creative process. His artistic practice is a reflection of the interdependence between his physical body and the work he produces. The Los Angeles-based artist employs various techniques to produce richly textured and vibrantly coloured abstract compositions. In his paintings, he creates fields of colour that blend and interact with each other, juxtaposed with a single continuous line. He describes this line as a character that he improvises with, bringing the bi-dimensional surface to life in a way that echoes his somatic approach to creating art. Garber-Maikovska's approach to painting is deeply intuitive, with the artist surrendering himself to the flow of his intuition and allowing his impulses to guide his hand. His fluted poly works become a physical manifestation of his innermost thoughts and feelings, with each brush stroke representing a gesture imbued with a personal yet universal meaning.

Garber-Maikovska's work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Long Museum, Shanghai.