Torben Ribe: Outlet
10 Sep – 7 Nov 2020

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Torben Ribe’s artistic work examines the interrelationship of everyday-life aesthetics with the autonomous abstract artwork. Using painting as his subject of endless scrutiny, Ribe is interested in how abstract, commercial, and private pictures are influenced by the mutual relationship between them and how far this influence extends.

What exactly can be defined as a painting and what kinds of unorthodox elements can be used to create it? How about using one’s daughter’s favorite Disney character, financial destitution, one’s personal taste in interior design, a letter from the job centre, or even a topical pandemic to power non-figurative painting?

Ribe involves these external effects as concrete material and content in his works, which he often refers to as ‘interior painting’. Elements from the domestic sphere, in particular, and the common activities, ordinary objects, and socio-economic realities, prevalent in all homes, inspire Ribe. With all its banal practicalities, this everyday life appears in stark contrast to the exalted abstract painting and it is this friction that Ribe wants to activate.

Torben Ribe (b. 1978) is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. He has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad with several solo and group exhibitions, including Pizza is God at NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Cool, Calm and Collected at AROS, Aarhus, Lean Issues at Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Indoor Paintings at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Neighbours at CAR drde, Bologna as well as Landscapes and Fruit at Galerie Hussenot, Paris. Lately, he has exhibited at Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted with Maiken Bent.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, 15. Juni Foundation, Knud Højgaards Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, and sponsored by Daells Bolighus.