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Episode 76 features New York based David Shrobe. He creates multi-layered portraits and assemblage paintings made in part from everyday materials that he finds in multiple geographies, and especially from around his familial home. He disassembles furniture, separating wood from fabric and recombines them as supports for collage, painting, and drawing. Through these various modes of production his work brings notions of identity, history, and memory into question, while challenging conventions of classical portraiture. Shrobe produces new narratives, fragmented and nonlinear, that feel intimate and personal without being anchored to a specific time or place.

David Shrobe (b.1974, New York) lives and works in New York. He holds an MFA and a BFA in painting from Hunter College. He is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a Joan Mitchell Artist Teaching Fellow. His work was recently included in group shows such as, PUNCH at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, and New York; Embody at Mandeville Gallery at Union College, New York; Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial, at the Bronx Museum, and in Harlem Postcards at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has had solo exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York; Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in New York, among others. He has shown at numerous art fairs including EXPO Chicago, Untitled Miami Beach, and most recently, a solo booth at The Armory Show. Shrobe’s work is held in the Permanent Collections of The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Block Museum, Evanston, Illinois; Union College, Schenectady, New York; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon; and NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale.

Monique Meloche Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by New York born artist David Shrobe. Riding the Wind’s Back, meticulously carved and painted assemblage structures investigate the coexistence of hybrid identities and notions of a collective remembrance reimagined. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery and first in Chicago thru October 30th.

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Sanctuary, 2020
Oil on vinyl tiles, acrylic on flocking, stained glass,
wood, leather, velvet and bookbinding cloth mounted on wood table top
60 x 43 x 4 1/2 inches
Image courtesy of Steve Turner Gallery


Petite Maroonage, 2021
oil, acrylic, graphite, pencil, black charcoal, white charcoal, linen, acrylic, silk, embroidered wool, flocking, painted paper, sandpaper and wood
66 x 48 x 1.5 inches
Image courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery

Everything Flows Through Her, 2021
acrylic, ink, and print fabric on canvas mounted on board, wood,
carved floorboard, and metal pull chain and hooks
50 x 47 x 2 inches
Image courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery