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Article in Amagerbladet about my Revolution painting

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This article relates to my painting about the USA presidential election with The Wall Street Bull placed symbolically in the centre. Bernie Sanders is trying to bring the symbol of power and wealth under control, while Trump is kissing it with fire protruding from his pants – a reference to his many lies. The painting can be seen in Christiania’s art gallery – Gallopperiet until the 26th March when all artworks are to be taken down.

Editorial mistake; the author of the article has been accredited as the artist by the editor, but the author has accredited me with the art in the article. A bit confusing but perhaps this increases curiosity 😉

 

 

Here is an overview of many of the people connected to the Revolution movement. See names on link below.

 

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Link to names:

Supporters of Bernie

 

 

Kunstkursus på Bellahøjvej 121 – Værkstedet Bella

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Den Friere/The More Independent opens!

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Welcome to Den Friere/The ‘more’ Independent!

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Since my Otto Frello portrait was rejected by Den Frie/The Independent, I’ve started creating my own Happenings outside.

First I stood in the central reservation and painted a ‘letter’. (Read about it under the title In the Red Corner/I det Røde Hjørne)

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The following year I brought a big board and made a protest where I quoted people who criticised the exhibition for being lacklustre.

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This year I opened Den Friere, which both means The Freer or More Independent because I really think there is something awry

with the snobbery of the elite art world.

 

Here is a sign showing the way to Den Friere/The more Independent exhibition. One thing that makes it very free is that I sought

permission from the council – which is free – and they don’t censor the content :)

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Two folks I know from Christiania’s Uncensored February exhibition came along and joined in my exhibition opening. I felt it was

appropriate with a rebel fist for the occasion 😉

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To the right is my friend and accomplice, who helped me set up the outdoor exhibition.

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Meagre beginnings, but definitely not meaningless. Due to the weather and difficulty transporting the original painting, I had to make

do with a frame high quality copy. The original is a good bit larger.

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At the end of the evening, one of the artists I had met last year turned up for some mulled wine. Between last year and this year, I

invited him to take part in an exhibition called The Missing Dialogue, which ran in Gallopperiet, Christiania in July ’16.

To the right of me there is a postbox people could put their contact details in if they wanted to hear more.

Interestingly enough, I got a lot of positive response for the Happening this year. More so than last year. As has been the case every year,

I  got a visit from some of the ‘insiders’ but they were friendly and listened to what I had to say. Maybe they even agreed…

Roll on next year for the next ‘exhibition’/happening :)

I’m free!

 

Candidate Commentary on Cards

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You may find these drawing interesting. The Trump and Sanders pictures are postcard size and are in a postcard exhibition somewhere in Hungary as far as I know.

 

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Illegal Anatomical Migration

 

This Hillary Clinton image came to me as I was listening to the news. I dropped what I was doing an made this picture. It is half photoshop and half drawing. I hope you like it. And I hope Bernie and not the other two will still somehow make it to the White House. We will see.

 

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New Triangle Theory books to be printed!

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Front page

 

Dear anyone who is art interested!
I am preparing to make a new run of hardback books about my art theory, THE TRIANGLE THEORY – OBJECTIVE CRITICISM OF ART.

There are no other books quite like this one.

Of course no one can be completely objective, but the content of this book takes the authority back from the art critics and empowers you, to evaluate art in a more constructive and open-eyed way, both as an artist or as a viewer. I use this when I’m making and viewing art and it has definitely made me a more secure artist and critic.

Send me a message here on fb, if you would like to purchase one:
See some of the content for free here:
http://leahrobb.com/test-scribd-pdf/

The book will cost £25/250kr/$30 plus possible shipping costs.

US 2016 – The Revolution has begun

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In around February I came across Bernie Sanders. I became addicted to hearing what he said – not all of it, but most of it. I love his bravery to confront the most powerful people and corporations in America. It has been an incredible listen, and I have seen how his fire has spread across the states as he defies expectations and the media, by growing is popularity and influence at the grassroots level.

 

 

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US 2016

I knew I needed to turn all the time used on viewing youtube clips to something creative. This painting is the result of this inspiration. I had not foreseen how it would have turned out. But once I found the Wall Street Bull which is situated near New York’s Stock Exchange, I built up the narrative around an enlarged version of it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charging_Bull

 

Another interesting sidenote is, that this painting has been painted on a canvas I inherited from the Frello. It was almost destined to turn out Frelloist-like.

 

 

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US 2016 Detail 7

 

The people in the crowd are a mixture of Bernie fans, celebrities and politicians – even a banker, who support Bernie.

 

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US 2016 Detail 5

 

It has been interesting studying the election process and how much corruption is reported and how little it seems to affect results. It is mind boggling to consider how hard it is for an outside contender like Bernie Sanders to actually get the nomination in spite of the huge crowds he seems to be drawing.

 

 

I hope this painting will solidify what he has done. Even if he doesn’t get te nomination, he has changed the political landscape forever.

Art Auction!

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So the art auction is upon us now! I have counted that I have around 85 artworks going into this auction. Needless to say many of them are small sketches and you won’t need to bid for them – just pay £5-15 and whip them away.

It is an interesting process to go through – pulling out old work and seeing if a little window mount or frame will make it come to life. Many pieces have actually surprised me, which has been nice. I look forward to sharing them with you and giving my parents a little more room.

Here are a few samples showing the variety of work:

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Independence-Day

 

 

 

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Large-Blue-face-horizontal Loved

 

 

 

 

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The-Bottom-Figure Through-the-Storm

 

 

 

The Masked Painter Returned

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Just a quick note and a few photos:

I did not enter Den Frie’s Open Autumn Exhibition (Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling) this year because my absolute biggest art challenge that I could have undertaken was rejected in the first round – my Otto Frello portrait. So when that happens, you know that this is not a place you wish to exhibit. They are looking for something else and I will not feed that to them. Instead I found out that the ground in front of Den Frie belonged to the council and not the gallery, so I booked that space from the council and proceeded to do a LIVE performance, or happening for a week from the opening day. It was liberating being able to question the status-quo and use the council’s space to question the art world’s censorship. It must be said that I was difficult to overlook and there was a fair amount of interest in what I was doing.

Here are some photos from the Happening.

 

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Left. A photo of me talking to some of the people who came to the opening. Right. A portrait of Danish art critic Peter Michael Hornung who reviewed last year’s exhibition and gave it only 3/6 hearts. He wasn’t impressed. This year’s exhibition was, in my opinion better, but I agree with Peter that there are probably a great many people who art part- or full-time artists who do not enter for this exhibition because of its censorship style. He also said that getting into this exhibition is not credited with a public breakthrough like it used to. These were the kind of quotes I used on my board.

 

 

 

 

 

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Left. The weather was misty, rainy, windy, but not freezing cold, which was the one thing I had worried about. I was very grateful for my tarpaulin! Every morning of the week. I had to go and check for a lake in the tarpaulin. Every day except one, I found one. Right. Last year, Torben Sangild, one of the censors came over to where I was painting and engaged with me. He wrote an article and gave about 200 words to my critique of the censorship method, trying to explain why it is done the way it is done. I liked him for it as he helped put a focus on the issue which helped open up a debate on-line.

 

 

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Left. Den Frie can be seen behind me with some of the visitors on the opening night. Right. Jan Falk Borup commented on Sangild’s article. He pretty much stated that the censorship method in general wasted a lot of people’s money because they were already disqualified because their work just didn’t fall into the category of what either the censor board or the gallery is looking for.

 

 

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Left. Just before they closed the doors I and a friend managed to sneak in through the doors to have a quick look round the gallery. We took a few snaps. Right. A quote from an art blogger who stated that Den Frie doesn’t really introduce us to anything new and hasn’t done that for a long time. In fact this year’s exhibition looked more like a retrospective exhibition from the last 30 years.

 

It was a brave move to seek permission and work on something of this scale just outside the gallery. Brass-necked even. But I believe in asking questions like this of the art establishment because I will not be the only painter who feels ostracized. And I also wanted to make a statement that just because you can paint portraits that look like they belong in the Golden Age, doesn’t mean you can to performance art and the likes. See you next year :)

Free Cultural Spaces, Art and a birthday in Christiania

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I was involved in an event called Symposium for Free Cultural Spaces, which was held in Christiania this year. I brought the paintings I had painted in front of the parliament in Copenhagen to the venue and added an installation made from empty tea light holders. They have been sewn together and painted in hope’s rainbow of colour.

"Hjerterum"

“Hjerterum”

The Sun...

The Sun…

...and The Wind

…and The Wind

The Suffering Refugee...

The Suffering Refugee…

...and the Burden to society

…and the Burden to society

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"Hjerterum" at night

“Hjerterum” at night

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Art Auction at St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh!

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AN ART AUCTION WITH A DIFFERENCE – LEAH MERETE ROBB

What’s up for Auction?

Over the years, I have varied my approach to art-making quite dramatically, ranging from figure drawings to psychological portraiture, from film-making to political street art. The auction revisits my journey there, with works up for purchase going as far back as 1992. My earliest work shows an interest in still life and nature. During the late 90s to mid-00s, I took an interest in the human form as a subject in itself, followed by paintings with a more pronounced political or social concern. As this website demonstrates, my work has progressed further in this direction and I feel it is time to offer anyone who likes my work the chance to purchase earlier work in the form of an auction. Many drawings will also be offered on donation, so there will definitely be something that everyone can afford.

A little summary of what I’ve been up to in more recent years.

  • Two large political paintings produced and exhibited outside the Danish Parliament. Notably, the subject matter regarding the plight of refugees and migrants has become very relevant since they were painted in April – May 2015.

http://leahrobb.com/anti-racism-day-outside-denmarks-parliament/

 

 

  • The painting of the official portrait of Danish artist, Otto Frello, which toured with his retrospective exhibition in 2014, before his death this year.

http://leahrobb.com/

 

 

  • A solo protest performance outside the ‘open’ Autumn Exhibition (KE), Copenhagen, as criticism of the way art is judged. Censor, Torben Sangild covered my protest in a follow-up article about the subjectivity of the censoring process.

http://www.kunsten.nu/artikler/artikel.php?Smagsdommeri+om+juryens+arbejde+ved+Kunstnernes+Efter%C3%A5rsudstilling+torben+sangild+klumme

 

 

  • Trips to Texas as an invited speaker and artist at Trinity Institute Arts Conference 2011 & 2012.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/541847522518550/

 

 

  • Painting a series of psychological portraits of people from the alternative community, Christiania, Copenhagen, 2008-09.

http://leahrobb.com/christiania-portraits/

 

 

  • And to not neglect the musical side; playing percussion for singer/songwriter, Alaudidae, 2015

 

 

These have been exciting projects which I look forward to sharing a little bit about before launching into the auction!

Some of the works will also be viewable on-line before the physical auction on 28th Nov. Check for updates on:

https://www.facebook.com/leahrobbartist?ref=hl

or here on leahrobb.com

Looking forward to seeing you there!