Six Questions

Six Questions: Torben Ribe

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Torben Ribe.

Artist Torben Ribe
Lives in Vordingborg, Denmark
Website https://www.torbenribe.dk/

How do you describe your own art practice?

Cheap and painterly, seeking the decorative and harmonious, but accidents, mediocrity and compromises keep dragging everything down, and the realities of ordinary life, slowly breaks through the work’s non-figurative skin like a cancerous tumour or a slow water damage, oozing day and night, without one being able to do anything about it.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

How do abstract, commercial and private imagery interrelates, and can the unspectacular or personal disasters be productive in a painterly pratice? How do one make a beautiful painting (serious question) and how do we move on from here…?

What was your first experience with art?

My brother’s Dali monograph which he had for Christmas in 1993. Or doing bad grafitti in the suburbs around the same time, I can’t remember.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Life.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Life (and money).

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Hmmm to be honest, I haven’t seen that much art recently due to COVID-19 and being busy, but I think the latest arty thing that blew my mind, was Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, it’s amazing.

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions