David Shrobe

Cross-over, 2018

acrylic and ink on canvas

34 x 27 inches

David Shrobe

Knelt, 2018

oil, acrylic, fabric, wood, and paper

60 x 39 x 4 inches

David Shrobe

Celestial Pose, 2018

acrylic and ink on canvas

34 x 27 inches

Press Release

Jenkins Johnson presents Somewhere In Between, an exhibition of new works by Harlem based visual artist and painter David Shrobe. His first west coast solo exhibition is on view September 22 - October 27, 2018.

 

Somewhere in Between gives us windows and portals, as the artist often refers to his work, that provide glimpses into uncharted territory, and transport the viewer and his subjects. Shrobe invites us to partake in his battleground; a multilayered exchange of materiality, symbolism, and multiple perspectives, where abstraction and figuration coexist and new portals emerge. His work presents alternative representations that project empowerment and defiance towards prescribed systems of authority. His unique visual language combines painting, drawing and collage.

 

Shrobe's work is created in part from found objects sourced from the surrounding area near his familial home.  He invites the materials he reuses to tell their own story, “freeing [the viewer’s] imagination from the trappings of social object memory” while creating spaces where she or he might participate in an exercise of redefining the self.

The title of the show suggests that there has been a departure of sorts, the destination unknown, a journey, be it physical, self-exploratory, spiritual or through time, in search of a place within the universe where one fits in.  He fuses his found materials into portraits that feel otherworldly, no longer fixed within spatial or temporal boundaries. 

 

As Antwaun Sargent says Shrobe's work "...alludes to the Great California assemblage artists John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, and Noah Purifoy. That generation of artists like Shrobe are defined by a black materiality. The significance of …. is in the overlooked matter that show the way a people build, maintain, and sometimes rebuild their communities." Shrobe received his MFA in Painting at Hunter College and is a graduate of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was a participant in The Aesthetics of Matter curated by the Deux Femmes Noires, Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont, and has recently exhibited in Harlem Postcards at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Calling: the Fourth AIM Biennial, at the Bronx Museum, and Meta-Modes, at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling.