SquareCylinder spotlights David Shrobe

By David M. Roth

 

David Shrobe @ Jenkins Johnson

 

His pictures posit a kind of Dada-informed Antebellum Postmodernism, one in which black men and women, swathed in mismatched, makeshift garments, appear as tangible apparitions, sending out veiled messages about their psychological makeup and their place in a hierarchy not of their own making.  In this fictional universe, art-historical arrows point backward to Picasso’s borrowings from tribal art and forward to contemporary artists like Titus Kaphar and Michelene Thomas.