Category Archives: Exhibitions

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 ūüėČ

 

 

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:

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Kunstkursus p√• Bellah√łjvej 121 – V√¶rkstedet 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 R√łde Hj√łrne)

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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 ūüėČ

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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!

 

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 Efter√•rsudstilling) 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 :)

A Dialogue for Peace – 4th – 26th April in Christiania, Gallopperiet, Denmark

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There  are five days left to see an exhibition I have curated called A Dialogue for Peace. It has been an eventful couple of weeks with input from various artists all dealing with the subject of peace. Within this theme come knowledge and understanding, justice and love.

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This painting was painted outside the Danish parliament. It is based on the story of the sun and the wind who compete to get a man to take his cloak off.¬† http://www.english-for-students.com/The-Wind-and-The-Sun.html¬† My reason for painting this was that I had concerns about the repercussions of the shootings in Copenhagen on Valentine’s day this year. I wanted to create an artwork that encouraged dialogue and peace, not more aggression towards a group of people living in Denmark who are constantly associated with the acts of the few. Here I am with a group of Somalian refugees who were protesting outside the parliemant 24th March 2015 because their cases were taking too long to processed. There were about 100 demonstrators and I don’t believe any politicians came out to speak to them.

 

Midview and mask - a nod to my protest outside Den Frie

Midview and mask – a nod to my protest outside Den Frie

 

Leah with Somalian refugees outside the Danish parliament

Leah with Somalian refugees outside the Danish parliament

Leah with Somalian refugees outside the Danish parliament

Leah with Somalian refugees outside the Danish parliament

 

 

Sun and the wind painting hung at Gallopperiet, Christiania, Denmark

Sun and the wind painting hung at Gallopperiet, Christiania, Denmark

 

 

 

After meeting the refugees I decided to make a tribute installation describing their situation. There is a portrait of one of the demonstrators and other objects that are thrown in a pile. These objects could be useful, but don’t look it. There is also a ladder that is rotten and going nowhere special – the ceiling is low.

Installation representing the refugees' experience in Denmark

Installation representing the refugees’ experience in Denmark

A refugee painted on a chair seat in a pile of refuse

By Leah Robb – A refugee painted on a chair seat in a pile of refuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was inspired by an artist called Michael Landy who made paper cutout people and had them all over the floor. They were ready for the People Shredder. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/landy-scrapheap-services-t07221 This installation is one of the most powerful works I’ve ever seen. Anyway, I decided to borrow his idea, but make more obvious differences to the people on the floor. Some people made a point of not standing on anyone, while others just walked right through not looking down.

People, by Leah Robb

People, by Leah Robb

 

 

 

This piece called Propaganda is about the way news has removed itself from serious journalism to ill-informed or outright deliberate misrepresentations of truth for the sake of selling the news. If you can see through the web of propaganda, you may see the truth.

Propaganda, by Leah Robb and Sandra Andersen

Propaganda, by Leah Robb and Sandra Andersen

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Fernisering, Foredrag og Underholdning nu på torsdag 28. aug i Filmby Aarhus!

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FERNISERING: SKÆVE EKSISTENSER PÅ OLIE

Р19 PORTRÆTTER FRA CHRISTIANIA. FERNISERING OG FOREDRAG I FILMBY AARHUS TORSDAG 28. AUGUST.
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Leah Robb, Filmby Aarhus og Mediedokken inviterer til fernisering og foredrag i Filmbyen 23. Torsdag 28. august Foredrag kl. 15.30 Fernisering kl. 16.00 Underholdning: Ocean van Vleck, der selv er gammel Christianit

Leah Merete Robb er halvt skotte, 37 √•r, uddannet kunstmaler p√• Duncan of Jordanstone.¬†For √•r tilbage satte hun sig for at portr√¶ttere menneskene, der lever p√• Christiania. M√łdet med Christiania √¶ndrede Leah Robb for altid. For at komme t√¶t p√•, var hun n√łdt til at leve sig ind i staden og v√¶re sammen med de portr√¶tterede i deres dagligdag.

Projekt Christianiaportr√¶tter er resultatet. En samling meget overbevisende oliemalerier af mennesker, der ellers aldrig ville st√• model p√• den m√•de.¬†Der er Syre Kim, der d√łde fem m√•neder senere, der er gymnasieeleven Theo, den gr√łnlandske fisker Rink, og Christianias egen sk√¶ve pr√¶st, t√łmreren John Andersen. Men der er ogs√• folk som Bifrost-sangeren Ida Klemann, Grev Lyhne, der spillede trommer i punkbandet Parkering Forbudt og stadens √¶ldste mand, den norske maler Laurie Grundt.

I alt 19 meget forskellige portrætter af christianitter, der er fremstillet på hver sin måde, i den kunstneriske stil, som nu passer til dem.

For Leah Robb har der v√¶ret b√•de en malerisk og filosofisk udvikling. Samtidigt skrev hun bogen ‚ÄĚThe Triangle Theory – Objective Criticism of Art‚ÄĚ, der tilbyder en metode til at vurdere et v√¶rks kunstneriske v√¶rdi ‚Äď uanset om det er et kunstv√¶rk, et h√•ndv√¶rk eller et nedlagt elv√¶rk som Filmbyen.

Foredraget handler om Leahs kritik af kunstkritikken. Andre har beskrevet Leahs bog som “en bombe, der springer kunstkritikernes ur√łrlige borg i luften,” og “modigt har som m√•l, at finde fast grund i den subjektive sump af meningsl√łse kunstkritik … dog uden at udelukke det sk√łre eller chokerende”. Foredraget, som ogs√• er blevet holdt p√• kunstkonferencer i USA, giver stof til diskussion og eftertanke for enhver kreativ kollega, uanset om man er grafiker, journalist, fotograf, filminstrukt√łr – eller overhoved enig.

Multi-kunstneren Ocean van Vleck, der laver musik, teater, humor og film, kommer forbi og giver et nummer ‚Äď sammen med Leah p√• perkussion. Ocean, der i dag bor og arbejder i Aarhus, er selv gammel Christianit.

Kontakt Leah Robb på 5023 3126 eller klik på titlen og sende mig en besked.