David Shrobe

Walk the Air

July 25–August 29, 2020


Installation views

<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Walk the Air. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

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<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail
<em>Walk the Air</em>. Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020 thumbnail

Works

David Shrobe. <em>Shaded by Trees</em>, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>Shaded by Trees</em>, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Shaded by Trees</em>, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Walk the Air</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>Walk the Air</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Walk the Air</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Transitions</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>Transitions</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Transitions</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>At A Crossroads</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>At A Crossroads</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>At A Crossroads</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Smoove Sailing</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>Smoove Sailing</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Smoove Sailing</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Sanctuary</em>, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>Sanctuary</em>, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Sanctuary</em>, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Cloaked</em>, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>Cloaked</em>, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>Cloaked</em>, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>My Corner</em>, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm)
David Shrobe. <em>My Corner</em>, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>My Corner</em>, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) Detail
David Shrobe. <em>The Lucky One</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, charcoal and ink on paper, flocking, nylon and wallpaper mounted on paper in found painted wood frame behind glass, 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 7.6 cm)

David Shrobe. Shaded by Trees, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm)

David Shrobe. Shaded by Trees, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Shaded by Trees, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Walk the Air, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm)

David Shrobe. Walk the Air, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Walk the Air, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Transitions, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm)

David Shrobe. Transitions, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Transitions, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. At A Crossroads, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm)

David Shrobe. At A Crossroads, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. At A Crossroads, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Smoove Sailing, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm)

David Shrobe. Smoove Sailing, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Smoove Sailing, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Sanctuary, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm)

David Shrobe. Sanctuary, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Sanctuary, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Cloaked, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm)

David Shrobe. Cloaked, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. Cloaked, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. My Corner, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm)

David Shrobe. My Corner, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. My Corner, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) Detail

David Shrobe. The Lucky One, 2020. Oil, acrylic, charcoal and ink on paper, flocking, nylon and wallpaper mounted on paper in found painted wood frame behind glass, 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 7.6 cm)

David Shrobe. <em>Shaded by Trees</em>, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Shaded by Trees</em>, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Shaded by Trees</em>, 2020. Acrylic, ink and African print fabric on canvas in gold leaf wood frame behind glass, 34 x 27 x 2 inches (86.4 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Walk the Air</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Walk the Air</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Walk the Air</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, ink, steel, tin, gold leaf, wood, canvas, bookbinding cloth, sandpaper, faux leather and plastic merchandise bag mounted on wood, 63 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (161.3 x 123.2 x 4.4 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Transitions</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Transitions</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Transitions</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper, red sandpaper, flocking, vinyl and photo print on canvas in found wood frame with gold leaf behind glass, 40 x 30 x 2 inches (101.6 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>At A Crossroads</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>At A Crossroads</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>At A Crossroads</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and graphite on paper, steel, wood, flocking, wool tweed, faux suede, vinyl, fabric, linen and bookbinding cloth mounted on carved wood, 77 x 55 x 2 inches (195.6 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Smoove Sailing</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Smoove Sailing</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Smoove Sailing</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas, stained glass, tin, canvas, leather, silk and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 36 x 36 x 2 inches (91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Sanctuary</em>, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Sanctuary</em>, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Sanctuary</em>, 2020. Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, leaded stained glass, wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top, 60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 11.4 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Cloaked</em>, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Cloaked</em>, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>Cloaked</em>, 2020. Oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, wood, wool tweed, canvas fabric and gold leaf frame molding mounted on carved wood, 50 x 44 x 3 1/2 inches (127 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>My Corner</em>, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>My Corner</em>, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>My Corner</em>, 2020. Oil on paper and canvas, acrylic on flocking, linen, suede and leather mounted on wood panel and set in found wood frame, 63 x 38 x 2 inches (160 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
David Shrobe. <em>The Lucky One</em>, 2020. Oil, acrylic, charcoal and ink on paper, flocking, nylon and wallpaper mounted on paper in found painted wood frame behind glass, 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 7.6 cm) thumbnail

Steve Turner is pleased to present Walk the Air, a solo exhibition by New York-based David Shrobe that features new assemblage paintings that were made in the last several months. During that time Shrobe has found solemnity and inspiration from his family and the Black Lives Matter movement. The works are mostly made from repurposed everyday materials sourced from his Harlem neighborhood; Shrobe disassembled furniture, separated wood from fabric and recombined them as supports for and elements in his paintings.

Many of Shrobe’s works bear a relationship to early daguerreian portrait photography, especially the early images of Frederick Douglass. By combining found and repurposed materials with the photographic history of African Americans, Shrobe produces new narratives that feel intimate and personal without being anchored to a specific time or place. Shrobe explains that Walk the Air alludes to the African American folkloric secret language of flight.  In these works, he more sharply focuses on his family and the sanctity of that bond during a time of pain, tumult and struggle. This is evident in At A Crossroads, where a mother, father and infant child contemplate the direction they will take while finding solace in each other.

David Shrobe (b. 1974, New York) earned a BFA and an MFA in painting from Hunter College, New York before attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has had solo exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg, New York; Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco; The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, New York and has had work included in numerous group shows including those at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles and New York; Mandeville Gallery, Union College, New York; Bronx Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. This is his first exhibition at Steve Turner.

David Shrobe creates multi-layered portraits by repurposing everyday materials that he finds in his Harlem neighborhood. He disassembles furniture, separating wood from fabric and recombines them as supports for collage, painting and drawing. In doing so, he excavates history to create fragmented portraits that relate to his family history. Many of his works are oval in shape, and with their use of fabric, they bear a faint relationship to early daguerreian portrait photography, especially the early images of Frederick Douglass. By combining the found and repurposed materials of Harlem with the photographic history of African Americans, Shrobe produces new narratives that feel intimate and personal without being anchored to a specific time or place.


Born 1974, New York
Lives and works in New York

Education
2014
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine

2013
MFA, Painting, Hunter College, New York

2009
BFA, Painting, Hunter College, New York

Solo Exhibitions
2020
Walk the Air, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2019
Picture-Makers, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York

2018
Somewhere In Between, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
Daily Navigation, Thierry Goldberg, Miami

2017
Homegrown, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York

2016
Meta-Modes, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, New York

2015
Graphic Mythologies, Russ Berrie Pavilion, New York

2006
Shrobe Lights, Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions
2020
Black Voices/Black Microcosm, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

2019
Embody, Madeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
Punch LA, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles
Snow Day, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York

2018
To Dream Avant-Garde, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
Punch, Jeffrey Deitch, New York
Summertime…, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
Harlem Perspectives, Faction Art Projects, New York
Aesthetics of Matter, Volta 2018, New York

2017
Bronx Calling: Fourth AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts
Harlem Postcards Summer 2017, Studio Museum in Harlem
Uptown, Wallach Art Gallery, Lenfest Center of the Arts, New York

2015
Intersecting Imaginaries, No Longer Empty Lab, New York

2014
Distrust That Particular Flavor, Bitforms Gallery, New York

2013
Three, RFA Gallery, New York

2011
Spirit of Community, Dwyer Cultural Center, New York

2009
Pulse, Taller Boricua at Julio Burgos Cultural Center, New York

2003
Aspects of Urban Life, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

Grants, Residencies and Awards
2017
Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts

2016
Fountainhead Residency, Miami

2015
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling Artist-in-Residence, New York

2014
Artist Teaching Fellow at Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York

2013
Kossak Travel Grant For Painters, Paris

Bibliography
2019
Jovanovic, Rozalia. “Artist David Shrobe Creates His Own World Through Found Objects,” Galerie Magazine, May 24

2018
Sharp, Sarah Rose. “What It Means to Dream Avant-Garde,” Hyperallergic, November 9
Shrobe, David. “One Piece: Celestial Pose,”Bomb, October 23
Collymore, Nan. “Decoding Black Materiality,” C&, October 12
Roth, David M. “David Shrobe @ Jenkins Johnson,” Square Cylinder, October 10

2017
Frank, Priscilla. “Fourth Generation Harlem Artist Challenges What It Means To Be An American,” HuffPost, February 21
Rodney, Seph. “Mocking Materialism with Collage,” Hyperallergic, February 14
Sargent, Antwaun. “An Artist Transforms Debris into Sculptures of Home and History,” VICE, February 1

2016
Wright, Peter “Souleo”. “Up on Sugar Hill: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling Looks to Neighborhood’s Black History,” HuffPost,
February 29

2011
Mays, Jeff. “Harlem Artist Beautifies Construction Side With Mural,” DNAInfo

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