Lembe Ruben lives and works in Estonia. She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts graphic arts department. Then she got Master of Arts degree in fine arts. The technique of her works are graphic art, drawing, photography and painting. Her grotesque figures and abstract works are mostly minimalistic. In graphic arts she expresses herself in handmade techniques: relief print, copper edging and her author´s tecnique. Recently she has been dealing with spontaneity and subconsciousness in her work and art teaching.
She obtained Wiiralt prize of young artist in 2011. Her works can be found in state art museums of Estonia, Latvia and Denmark.
She has taught graphic arts, drawing and composition at the Estonian Academy of Arts and University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy; has designed and illustrated books and magazines; has been engaged in animation and stage decoration.
1982-1993 13th Tallinn Secondary School
1986-1990 Tallinn Art School
1994-1999 Estonian Academy of Arts. Graphic art.
2002 Master of Arts „Subconcious creating methods“
1999 Religion of Bird. Gallery Raatus, Tallinn
2001 The Space of Your Soul. Gallery Põlendruum, Tallinn
2002 Entrance/Exit. Town Gallery of Tallinn
2003 Without Lines. Draakon Gallery, Tallinn
2008 Graphical Plays of Power. Draakon Gallery, Tallinn
2013 Dilemma. Vabaduse Gallery, Tallinn
2013 Encircled with Line. HOP Gallery, Tallinn
2015 Notes on Business Training. Kloostriait, Tallinn
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN ESTONIA:
1997 Subrealism. Chaplin Art Century, Pärnu
1998 Chosen Connections. Estonian National Library, Tallinn
1998 Trajektoor. Exhibition of kinethic art. Rotermann Salt Store, Tallinn
1999 Comprehensive exhibition of graphic art. Tallinn Art Hall
2000 Estonian Graphic 2000. fu. Artists House of Tartu
2001 Estonian-Denish Graphic Artists. Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
2001 Estonian Graphic Art 1998-2001. Estonian National Library, Tallinn
2001 Mehitamine. Year exhibition of Estonian Art Association. Rotermann Salt Store, Tallinn
2001 Midigrafik II. Pärnu City Gallery.
2001 4th Year Exhibition of Association of Artists “Ydi”. Estonian National Library, Tallinn
2001 Conditionally existing. The youth exhibition in the Art Gallery of Hansabank, Tallinn
2002 Estonian graphics. Riihimäki, Finland
2002 Exibition of drawings. Tallinn Art Hall
2004 Preserve of eternity. Pärnu Concert Hall (curator)
2004 Meetings. Pärnu Theatre „Endla“
2005 Separated and together at the same time. Evald Okas Gallery, Haapsalu
2006 Improvisation. Exibition of drawings. Tallinn Art Hall
2007 Accommodations. Estonian Graphic Art. Estonian National Library, Tallinn; Moscovian; Brussels
2009 Letter. Võru City Gallery; Estonian National Library
2010 Contrasts. Year exhibition of Estonian Artists´ Association. Tallinn Art Hall
2011 Ordinary. Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
2011 Eduard Wiiralt´s prize exhibition. Estonian National Library, Tallinn
2011 Miniprint. Vabaduse Gallery, Tallinn; Rovaniemi, Finland
2011 Ordinary. Exibition of drawings.Tallinn Art Hall; Tartu Y-Gallery; gallery pART, Põltsamaa
2012 Napp. Exibition of drawings. Pärnu City Gallery.
2012 Border, threshold, path. Tallinn 4. Drawing Triennial. Viinistu Art Museum
2013 Interplay. Estonian – Latvian graphic art. Haapsalu
2014 Spring Exhibition. Year exhibition of Estonian Artists´ Association. Tallinn Art Hall
2015 Eduard Wiiralt Prize exhibition. Estonian National Library, Tallinn
2015 5th International Drawing Triennial in Tallinn: BLACK and WHITE
2016 Labyrinth. Pärnu Art Summer, Pärnu City Gallery
2016 Proof Print. Muhu Print graphic art exhibition. Hungarian Institute, Tallinn (curating and designing)
2017 Inspiration. Graphic art exhibition. Estonian Print and Paper Museum, Tartu
1998 Labyrinth. 2nd International Triennial of Graphic Art Prague
1998 Touch. 11th Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia
1999/2000 Baltic Sea Four. International students exhibition. Riga-Stockholm-Turku, Latvia-Sweden-Finland
2001 Exchanging Graphic Artists. Vendsyssel Art Museum. Hjørring, Denmark
2001 International Print Triennial in Kanagawa, Japan
2001 Art Mess of Bremen, Germany
2001 Graphics. Greifswald, Germany
2001 Mutating Image. 12th Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia
2002 Kaliningrad Print Biennial. Russia
2005 Now art now future. Gallery „ Meno Parkas“ Kaunas, Lietuva; Edsvik Konsthall, Stocholm, Sweden
2008 Kaliningrad Print Biennial, Russia (prize for Estonian exposition)
2012 Novosibirski Print Triennial, Russia
2013 The 11th Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Art. Kaliningrad – Köningsberg, Russia
2015 Miniprint-Tallinn. Gallery Tuśino, Moskva, Russia
2015 The Surprised Eye. Estonian graphic art, Armenian Artist Union Gallery, Jerevan, Armenia
2017 Estonian Nature. Estonian artists exhibition. Gallery Daliko, Krems, Austria
2018 7. Latgale Graphic Art Symposium. Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia
WORKS IN COLLECTIONS:
Estonian Art Museum
Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Hjørring Art Museum, Denmark
Mark Rothko Centure, Daugavpils, Latvia
Estonian Artists´ Association
Association of Estonian Printmakers
Association of Artists “Ydi”
2012 Wiiralt´s prize for young artist
WORKING: Teaching in: Estonian Academy of Arts and KUMU Art Museum of Estonia
Illustrations, book designs
Usual is special
(for drawing exhibition “Ordinary”)
Every person has scribbled something absent-minded on the paper-margin and afterwards wondered, how original is the world what has been visualized by this scribble. Automatic drawing opens up and the unconscious takes the floor, when a person stays in his / her natural mood – thoughts are currently dispersed or dealt with something else, therefore hand could follow the spontaneity.
A pencil line on a paper is the most usual and available medium of depiction, but at the same time honest and special. A figure appearing from the unconscious is the specific criteria of truth. According to the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, the unconscious is the discourse of the Other. This Other (Id) or so-called inner voice speaks to us in its own language. As the Other has something to say, it does it anyway. Surprisingly, its words are often wiser than our logical constructions.
It seems to be a phenomenon that makes in a creator the wonderful feeling of satisfaction, which you want to feel again and again. Many artists of the different branches have said that their text, notes, imagination are as given by someone else. It seemed to them that their work was not their own, but rather mediated. Even lots of science discoveries are done in the moment, when the human mind would have been not focused on the work. In the case of ingenious thinking, there is often no need for the analyzing glance.
Your pencil is a frequency-catching antenna. Having this, you gain the ability to foretell future, like many artists have depicted the future events, to cast unconscious desires of your soul into visual form, setting yourself free from them through the psychotherapeutic ways. To learn about yourself and even to create the reality. An artist with such creative state is comparable with a shaman and the knowledge about the world´s essence will become clear in an inner dialogue with the subconscious.