Robby Herbst is an inter-disciplinary artist whose works engages contemporary and historic experiments in socio-political aesthetics, countercultures, and counter-power. The work takes the form of drawing, publication, group-work, and object making. The exhibition Model Cities was a 2018 collaboration with Kimberly Varella at Automata Arts. It was an installation and participatory happening exploring participatory welfare programs supported by the US Federal Government during the late 1960s and ‘70s. In 2016 he completed the public project New New Games; a series of tournaments and events held in California's San Francisco Bay Area with the support of Southern Exposure and the Headlands Center For The Arts. The project examined the contemporary resonance of the counterculture-era New Games Movement in the digital age. A concurrent exhibition of related drawings was held at Commonwealth & Council gallery in Los Angeles.
He’s the instigator of the geographically sited critical-landscape projects of the Llano Del Rio Collective. In 2018 Llano Del Rio completed the Rebel City Los Angeles guide, which illustrates a vision for a grassroots, bottom-up, city.
He is a co-founder of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest. He is also the micro-publisher of the Critical Practice Newsletter. With artist Elana Mann he co-organized Chats About Change; a series of encounters addressing social change and social practice in Los Angeles with the Support of LACE (LA), and CalState Los Angeles. He was a contributing writer for KCET TV’s multiplatform arts program Artbound. He’s been awarded grants from the Mike Kelley Foundation, the Graue Foundation, an Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Danish Arts Council, and the Durfee Foundation. He’s been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center For the Arts, ACRE, and the Provisions Library. He’s taught art at CalState Los Angeles, Otis College Of Art, University Of Southern California, and Goddard College.
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