By Torey Akers
So, art fairs are not not overwhelming, and Armory is no exception. With the glut of eye-catching heavy-hitters on display, it can be tricky to hone in on the hidden gems buried amongst the booths. This year, a curatorial focus on identity and figuration has pushed bright, texture-heavy ruminations on selfhood to the fair’s forefront. Should you be swinging by, be sure to check out these exciting up-and-comers—here are seven stand-out pieces, all for under $20,000!
Jenkins Johnson, San Francisco
Booth F5, Pier 90
New York-based artist David Shrobe creates emotive, assemblage portraits from found detritus around his childhood home, grounding remnants of bygone domestic spaces with ink, paint, and watercolor. These visual poems intermingle figuration and abstraction to create a deeply personal sense of longing that feels almost too raw to stay still. Shrobe's work has recently been included at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum, and the Lenfest Center of the Arts, and he's enjoyed solo turns at venues like Theirry Goldberg in New York and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem, in addition to his most recent sold-out show at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Fransisco. This recent spate of attention is helping his work fly off the wall, and while the larger pieces project a certain quality of bass in the room, it’s the smaller works, like modestly-sized Bloodshot, that traffic in a stirring, heart-wrought intimacy you won’t be able to leave behind.