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
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.
Eternal Retirement Home for Artists To Be Built On Salton Sea Property: WTF, LOLZ
Eternal Retirement Home for Artists To Be Built On Salton Sea Property: WTF, LOLZ
The Eternal Telethon is an online, artist-run telethon whose goal is to raise funds to build a convalescent home for retired artists located at the Salton Sea.
Graphic Designers of the L.A. Art World
Graphic Designers of the L.A. Art World
L.A. based graphic designers Brian Roettinger, Jessica Fleischmann, Tanya Rubbak, and Kimberly Varella talk about their collaborations and their inspirations.
Does MOCA Need a Mascot?
Does MOCA Need a Mascot?
The Nation Wide Museum Mascot Project, or NWMMP, attempts to transfigure our every day relationship with art institutions by way of Allan Kaprow and Sid and Marty Krofft.
The Worker's Rug: Fine Art From Day Labor
The Worker's Rug: Fine Art From Day Labor
The Workers' Rug/La Alfombra Del Trabajador is an art done by day laborers in collaboration with artists, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California. It codifies the experiences of workers woven together with their t-shirts.
The Past In the Present: The Sunland Hog Farm Commune
The Past In the Present: The Sunland Hog Farm Commune
The Hog Farm was a commune located in the hills above Sunland, a town in the far north of the San Fernando Valley in the late 1960s. Robby Herbst and archaeologist Annie Danis visit the former site to excavate the remnants of this hilltop hippiedom.
Robby Herbst: My SoCal Art History
Robby Herbst: My SoCal Art History
To trace the trajectory of Southern California art, Artbound is creating a collective timeline comprised of the decisive events that shaped artists' creative development. Today, we talk to Los Angeles artist Robby Herbst.
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