Installation view. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Composition on Pink (Untitled), 2016

Flower, digital frame and plastic prawns on ironing board, 155 x 140 x 35 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Composition on Pink (Untitled), 2016

Flower, digital frame and plastic prawns on ironing board, 155 x 140 x 35 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Composition on Pink (Untitled) (detail), 2016

Flower, digital frame and plastic prawns on ironing board, 155 x 140 x 35 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Composition on Pink (Untitled) (detail), 2016

Flower, digital frame and plastic prawns on ironing board, 155 x 140 x 35 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Composition on Green (Untitled), 2016

Acrylic and bandage on canvas, weather station and plastic banana split on ironing board, 100 x 135 x 50 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Composition on Green (Untitled) (detail), 2016

Acrylic and bandage on canvas, weather station and plastic banana split on ironing board, 100 x 135 x 50 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Purple on Old Rose (Indoor), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper, cornflakes, advertisements and thermometer on canvas, ironing board, 150 x 120 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Purple on Old Rose (Indoor), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper, cornflakes, advertisements and thermometer on canvas, ironing board, 150 x 120 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Installation view. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Untitled (I Love You), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper, print on canvas, advertisement, cord, cornflakes, oatmeal, plastic nigiri and glitter on canvas over wooden, 146 x 120 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Untitled (I Love You) (detail), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper, print on canvas, advertisement, cord, cornflakes, oatmeal, plastic nigiri and glitter on canvas over wooden, 146 x 120 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Untitled, 2016

Acrylic, pen, cornflakes, advertisement and oatmeal on wallpaper on canvas, 130 x 100 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

White Relief over Blue, 2016

Acrylic, pencil, bandages and rectal cream on canvas, kitchen door with handle, 57 x 40 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Untitled (Live Laugh Love), 2016

Acrylic, wallsticker, oatmeal, advertisements, glitter and weather station on canvas, 190 x 160 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Untitled (Live Laugh Love), 2016, Acrylic, wallsticker, oatmeal, advertisements, glitter and weather station on canvas, 190 x 160 cm, Photo: Anders Sune Berg

 

 

Installation view. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Believe, 2016

Paper, acrylic and plastic prawns on found table top, 150 x 80 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Believe, 2016

Paper, acrylic and plastic prawns on found table top, 150 x 80 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Believe (detail), 2016

Paper, acrylic and plastic prawns on found table top, 150 x 80 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Installation view. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

White on Grey On White, 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper, cornflakes, oatmeal, advertisements, cord, pencil and weather station on canvas, 120 x 95 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Family, 2016

Acrylic, poster, wallsticker, advertisement, bandages and oatmeal on canvas, 150 x 120 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Light on White (Space Ranger), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper and poster on canvas, projector and flower on ironing board

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Light on White (Space Ranger), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper and poster on canvas, projector and flower on ironing board

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Light on White (Space Ranger) (detail), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper and poster on canvas, projector and flower on ironing board

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Light on White (Space Ranger) (detail), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper and poster on canvas, projector and flower on ironing board

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Light on White (Space Ranger) (detail), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper and poster on canvas, projector and flower on ironing board

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Light on White (Space Ranger) (detail), 2016

Acrylic, wallpaper and poster on canvas, projector and flower on ironing board

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Always & Forever II, 2016

Print on canvas, acrylic, oatmeal and pencil, 60 x 50 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Installation view. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Always & Forever, 2016

Print on canvas, acrylic, oatmeal and pencil, 50 x 37,5 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Untitled, 2016

Acrylic, advertisements, glitter, anti slip bath math and weather station with outdoor measurement on canvas over wood, 100 x 80 cm

Photo: Anders Sune Berg
 

Torben Ribe – Indoor Paintings

April 8 – May 14, 2016

David Risley Gallery is delighted to announce Indoor Paintings, our first solo show of new works by Danish artist Torben Ribe. 

 

Torben Ribe's new works, Indoor Paintings, cut and paste literal objects into the language of abstraction. The status of these works is fluid but they are definitely paintings. We can be sure of that. Enough of the language of painting is there to reassure us of this. These works are not merely painted, though. They are constructed, put together, taken apart, messed up, fixed. They are, at once, abstraction and concrete realism. 

 

Woodchip wallpaper--insisted on by landlords to cover dents and knocks in walls and later painstakingly removed by aspirational property buyers--re-enters the home as the surface of a seemingly abstract painting. Other unavoidable daily inanities find a place in Ribe's work: among them, oatmeal and other cereal products, cords, print advertisements, electronic [weather stations. These are products so bland and ubiquitous that they are routinely camouflaged in beige, made invisible, stripped of aesthetic properties. Boring things shape-shift. Ironing boards recur throughout the show in different guises--standing, leaning, as plinths, as a painting element, a stand for a projector and, finally, as sculpture. The works read as relics constructed from the everyday invisible. Torben Ribe's Indoor Paintings are not so much vanitas, reminders not of death but the artificial extension of life, banality rendered in perpetuity. Stilled lives.

 

The projects often begin as a conceptually strong and well-rounded efforts to make a really good and refined abstraction .....But before long, the everyday reality gets the better of this ambition of making a solid abstract painting, and chance, uncertainty and lack of skills start winning the battle from there on.

 

 

Acrylic, pencil, bandages and rectal cream on canvas, kitchen door with handle

Acrylic, poster, wallsticker, advertisement, bandages and oatmeal on canvas

Acrylic, wallpaper, cornflakes, advertisements and thermometer on canvas, ironing board