Robby Herbst
Robby Herbst

Robby Herbst is an interdisciplinarian broadly interested in socio-political formations; behavioral architecture, languages of dissent and counter cultures. He is a writer, artist, teacher, and something other. He co-founded, and is former editor, of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, and currently instigates the Llano Del Rio Collective’s guides to Los Angeles. He has history involved in alternative media. He is the co-editor, with Nicole Antebi and Colin Dickey, of “Failure! Experiments in Social and Aesthetic Practices”. He’s contributed to catalog essays for artist Katie Grinnan and Fritz Haeg, and entries in other arts and activist publications including: Afterall, Proximity, Clamor, Artus, and Arthur. He has lectured widely and taught contemporary art at USC, Otis College of Art, and Goddard College. He is a recipient of a Warhol Foundation Arts Writer’s Grant for essays exploring the phenomenology of social practice art and protest.

Q&A

LOCATION: Los Angeles.

EXPERTISE: Arts in the expansive field.

INSPIRATION: Trying to make someone, somewhere, a bit uncomfortable.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY: LA River

ARTIST/ CREATIVE YOU'D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Anna Halprin

WHY YOU LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: LA makes little sense to me.

Recent Articles
Animal Charm's Underground Film and Sculpture
Animal Charm's Underground Film and Sculpture
Video-centric artist collaborative Animal Charm discusses their work and "Hot Shot Tuscan II," their latest exhibition at China Art Objects in Culver City.
Can Creative Practice Gentrify Creative Practice?
Can Creative Practice Gentrify Creative Practice?
Those involved in the growth of the artistic, cycling, and sharing culture of Los Angeles since 2009 reflect on the success of these respective movements.
The Art of Katie Grinnan: Perception in a Changing Universe
The Art of Katie Grinnan: Perception in a Changing Universe
Katie Grinnan is fascinated by sciences of consciousness. Her artwork has explored a potpourri of experiments in subjectivity, particularly her time-traveling projection "Mirage."
Exploring the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Exploring the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
David Evans Frantz, curator of exhibitions and projects at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, discusses the value of a queer archive for contemporary artists and community.
L.A. Artists and the 'Squareness' of Clay
L.A. Artists and the 'Squareness' of Clay
L.A.'s clay artists are using the medium to create astounding new contemporary works.
Who Makes Art About Climate Change?
Who Makes Art About Climate Change?
A collection of Southern California artists are addressing climate change through art.
We Are Becoming: Artist Organized Spaces In Los Angeles
We Are Becoming: Artist Organized Spaces In Los Angeles
What can art do besides sit on a wall? Robby Herbst interviews the directors of two Los Angeles artist-run spaces.
In Utero: Six Twelve One By One
In Utero: Six Twelve One By One
"Six Twelve One By One," performed entirely by pregnant women, examines aspects of pregnancy including the comic, inane, mundane, and grotesque.
The Puppets Are You: almighty Opp
The Puppets Are You: almighty Opp
The almighty Opp, a traveling puppet performance that unfolds from a bicycle trailer, has been entertaining at bus stops and street corners for seven years.
Notorious Possession: Occupying Foreclosed Homes With Art
Notorious Possession: Occupying Foreclosed Homes With Art
Artist Olga Koumoundouros' social sculpture "Notorious Possession" involves occupying an L.A. residence with gold paint, sculptural installations, and diner-theater.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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