Elbow Room centers on a dignified Black sitter whose clothing and posture recall traditions of early colonial portraiture in the Americas. David Shrobe creates layered explorations of Black identity and diaspora using repurposed materials. The salvaged wooden headboard, for instance, simultaneously interrupts and accents the image and perhaps alludes to the erasure of African American subjects from whitewashed narratives of U.S. history.
Oil, fabric, wood headboard, chair parts, window molding and mixed media
67 × 57 × 4 in. (170.2 × 144.8 × 10.2 cm) (show scale)
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William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund
© David Shrobe
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David Shrobe (American, born 1974). Elbow Room, 2018. Oil, fabric, wood headboard, chair parts, window molding and mixed media, 67 × 57 × 4 in. (170.2 × 144.8 × 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2018.30.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2018.30.1_PS11.jpg)
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