Gabby Rosenberg - CV + BIO

Gabby Rosenberg creates paintings that encompass both representation and abstraction. Some lean one way, some the other, but all include rich color compositions, carefully chosen for the way individual colors relate to others. These relationships, which sometimes have sharp contrast and other times subtle contrast, are central to Rosenberg’s compositions. To the extent that figuration is depicted, Rosenberg presents gender-ambiguous figures that are part self and part monster. Many have fragmented body parts that are stacked in concentric circles. These blobby characters are often depicted with exposed joints or innards, a suggestion of vulnerability. They represent a visceral feeling of otherness and the complex fluidity of identity. Rosenberg also acknowledges a debt to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with its creature’s desire for intimacy.


Born 1992, Chicago
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education
2018
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2014
BA, Hampshire College, Amherst

Solo Exhibitions
2020
Steve Turner, Los Angeles (upcoming)

2019
Night Pockets, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2018
Marrow, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia       

2017
Meat Cream, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2014
Her First Lie Was Pink, Hampshire College, Amherst

Group Exhibitions
2019
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
Surface Tension, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
GIFC, The Hole, New York

2018
Incognito, ICA LA, Los Angeles
Rattlesnake Bells In The Desert, The Box Gallery, Los Angeles
Imagine Exhibition, Imagine Entertainment, Beverly Hills

2017
MFA Group Show, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia 

2016
Need A Show For This Title, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia         

2015
Queer WAH, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn
Grand Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn
Window Display, Jerry’s, New York
Art by America, The Art House Chicago

2014
Undergraduate Artist Invitational, The Loft Parlor, Easthampton, Massachusetts 
Columbia University Painting Intensive, Columbia University, New York
Five II, Five College Art Exhibition, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts 
Five, Five College Art Exhibition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2013
LGBT Art Show, The Dalloway, New York

Residencies and Awards
2016
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson

2014
Columbia University Painting Intensive, New York

Bibliography
2019
May III, Richard Allen. “Steve Turner LA: Gabby Rosenberg,” artillery, April 24
Hotchkiss, Sarah. “The Do List: ‘Beneath This Mask, Another Mask’: Identity is Unfixed in CJM’s ‘Show Me’,” KQED Arts, February 12
Desmarais, Charles. “‘Show Me as I Want to be Seen’ examines artistic and gender identity,”
San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, February 7
Miller, Robert Nagler. “The many selves of gender-bending artist and Nazi resister Claude Cahun,” The Jewish News of Northern California, February 1
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, Contemporary Jewish Museum, February