Visible Noize: The Art of John Jennings
Visible Noize: The Art of John JenningsSat, Jan 09, 2016-Sun, Mar 13, 2016 Gallery 360
John Jennings’s acclaimed artwork explores, disrupts, and recontextualizes racial stereotypes in traditional comic art. His art celebrates the importance of black images in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy and horror and how the presence of those images radicalizes the notion of the black subject.
Nationally recognized cartoonist, designer, graphic novelist, and Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), John Jennings’ art and teaching focuses on African American stereotypes in popular visual media. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. His creative practice is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy.
This exhibition features excerpts from Kid Code, a Hip-Hop Sci-Fi graphic novel that follows superhero Kid Code and his comrades as they fight to save the Universe from The Power – racing against time to assemble The Everlasting Cosmic Mixtape, nine tracks that will set the Universe back on course.
The exhibition features collaborative work of John Jennings and Stacey Robinson including original sketches and artwork along with book covers and posters that together present an Afrofuturist critique of the depictions of black people and their history in comics and popular culture through a Hip Hop futurist lens. Jennings disseminates his insights via books, exhibitions and lectures that prod people to think about under-recognized voices in American graphic arts. Laced with humor and satire, these are rich expressions of women, gays and others who may have felt themselves invisible in the larger society, but who nonetheless create powerful images of dissent, or moving depictions of their diverse experiences in America.
“Afrofuturism bridges so many aspects of our culture, from African mythology, art and hip-hop to politics, comic books and science” Ytasha L. Womack, author “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Science Fiction and Fantasy Culture”
“Afrofuturism is not just science fiction based, but also about imagining different spaces of creative thought that doesn’t put your identity in a box” John Jennings, artist
Jennings’ collaborator, Stacey Robinson is an artist and illustrator whose subject matter examines the African-American experience, more specifically the future. Making many African-American private conversations and concerns public, his Afro-Futurist works consist of reoccurring motifs, which are symbols of technology and rebirth. Juxtaposing flesh with mechanical objects, the works comment on newness of life beyond the struggles of the past.
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Boston, MA 02115
The gallery, located in the Ell Building with access from the Curry Student Center as well, operates year-round.
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