August 21st 2020 Interview with Art Of Choice
David Shrobe: Walk the Air
July 25–August 29, 2020
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 earned his BFA and MFA at Hunter College, New York (2009 & 2013) before attending the
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2014). He has had solo exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg (2017 & 2019) and Jenkins Johnson, San Francisco (2018). This is his first solo exhibition at Steve Turner.
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