Helen Rebekah Garber, ‘Arrangement Red Mauve’, 2015, DENK Gallery

About Helen Rebekah Garber

Helen Garber’s intricate oil-on-canvas paintings explore notions of the transcendental, employing a visual vocabulary that draws on elements from a diverse array of iconographic systems. Garber engages in a process of layering and negating brushwork, resulting in dense, textured surfaces of patterned impasto that are neither abstracted nor representational. Drawing inspiration from Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions, Garber’s paintings evoke a remarkable blend of sources, from West African ceremonial masks to Northern Renaissance altarpieces and stained glass windows. “By decoding and repurposing the source material into the skeleton of each structure,” she has said, “a contemporary devotional figure emerges as a central mass, allowing the reference points to both meld and compete with each other.”

American, b. 1976, State College, Pennsylvania, based in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Solo Shows

2016
Zona MACO, 
Mexico City, Mexico,
Helen Rebekah Garber
2007
California Institute of the Arts, 
Valencia, Santa Clarita, CA, United States,
Graduate Thesis Show

Group Shows

2017
PØST, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
The Fecund State
2015
Fifth Floor Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Cruising
2015
Cerritos College Art Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Abstract Visions: Information Mapping from Mystic Diagrams to Data Visualizations
2014
Fellows of Contemporary Art, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Are Friends Electric? I
2014
Peggy Phelps Gallery, 
Claremont, CA, United States,
Are Friends Electric? II
2013
The Torrance Art Museum, 
Torrance, CA, United States,
Paradox Maintenance Technicians
2013
Irvine Arts Center, 
Irvine, CA, United States,
Forms of Abstraction
2010
Santa Monica Museum of Art, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Incognito

Fair History on Artsy

2016
Gallery Wendi Norris at Zsona MACO 2016
2015
Gallery Wendi Norris at Zona MACO 2015
2013
Gallery Wendi Norris at Expo Chicago