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View of “Aaron Garber-Maikovska,” 2012.

Aaron Garber-Maikovska

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View of “Aaron Garber-Maikovska,” 2012.

If there is one common aim that runs through the entire course of avant-garde art, it is to grind up and reinvent words, whether spoken (as in the Futurists’ parole in libertà) or written (as in the rebuslike cryptography of the Lettrist International). Implicit in these various projects is a critique of our given languages as either inadequate, unable to account for the full scope of contemporary experience, or, worse, coercive and actively constraining that experience. Some of this animus finds its way into the work of the LA-based artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska as well, but here, in a show titled “Counter Moves,” it is leavened with a concertedly populist range of absurdisms, from the free-form miming of Harpo Marx to the linguistic pile-ons of hip-hop. Garber-Maikovska shares with these forms of counter-communication a focus on “mad skills,” or the pursuit of an expressive

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