Gabby Rosenberg

Night Pockets


Gabby Rosenberg. Our First Interaction, 2019. Acrylic on canvas 40 x 48 inches (101.6 x 121.9 cm)

March 30 – May 4, 2019

Steve Turner is pleased to present Night Pockets, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Gabby Rosenberg consisting of paintings that combine figuration and abstraction. The gender-ambiguous figures are part self and part monster and are comprised of lushly layered bold colors juxtaposed against solid backgrounds of white or black. Many of Rosenberg’s subjects 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. According to the artist, they represent a visceral feeling of otherness and the complex fluidity of identity. She also acknowledges a debt to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with its creature’s desire for intimacy.

Gabby Rosenberg (born Chicago, 1992) earned a BA from Hampshire College (2014) and an MFA from CalArts (2018). Her work is currently on view in Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. This is Rosenberg’s first solo exhibition at Steve Turner.

Born 1992, Chicago
Lives and works in Los Angeles


2018     MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
2016     Vermont Studio Center, Johnson
2014     Columbia University Painting Intensive, New York
BA, Hampshire College, Amherst

Solo Exhibitions 

Night Pockets, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Marrow, Thesis Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia         

Meat Cream, Mid-Residency Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

Her First Lie Was Pink, Senior Thesis Show, Hampshire College, Amherst

Group Exhibitions

GIFC, The Hole, New York
Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Rattlesnake Bells In The Desert, The Box Gallery, Los Angeles
Imagine Exhibition, Imagine Entertainment, Beverly Hills 

MFA Group Show, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia 

NEED A SHOW FOR THIS TITLE, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia         

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, Chicago

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

LGBT Art Show, The Dalloway, New York

Selected Bibliography

Hotchkiss, Sarah. “The Do List: ‘Beneath This Mask, Another Mask’: Identity is Unfixed in CJM’s ‘Show Me’”, KQED Arts, February 12
Miller, Robert Nagler. “The many selves of gender-bending artist and Nazi resister Claude Cahun”, The Jewish News of Northern California, February 1
Desmarais, Charles. “‘Show Me as I Want to be See’ examines artistic and gender identity”, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, February 7