An exhibit featuring the afrofuturistic art of John Jennings, Stacey Robinson, Tim Fielder and David Brame.
An Associate Professor of Art and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo-State University of New York, Jennings is the co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, Vol. 1 and the art collection Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture (both with Damian Duffy).
He is also the co-editor of The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem, MLK NorCal’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco, and the AstroBlackness colloquium in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.
Jennings’ current comics projects include the Hiphop adventure comic Kid Code: Channel Zero, the supernatural crime noir story Blue Hand Mojo, and the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred.
An Arthur Schomburg fellow who completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo, Robinson is originally from Albany NY and graduated from Fayetteville State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. His drawings, collages, and writings speculate futures where Black people are free from colonial influences and live in independent spaces where Black freedom provides unlimited opportunities for exploration.
He is part of the collaborative team “Black Kirby” with artist John Jennings that creates comic books, gallery exhibitions and lectures that deconstruct the work of artist Jack Kirby and re-imagine Black resistance spaces inspired by Hip Hop, religion, the arts and sciences. His recent exhibition ‘Binary Con-Science’ explores ideas of W.E. B. Du Bois’s “double consciousness” as a Black cultural adaptation and a means of colonial survival.
Stacey’s work has been collected by various institutions including Modern Graphics in Berlin, Bucknell University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
A Mississippi born and raised cartoonist and concept designer, Fielder has a lifelong love of Visual Afrofutuism, Pulp entertainment, and action films.
He has worked over the years in the storyboarding, film visual development, gaming, comics, and animation industries for clients as varied as Marvel Comics, The Village Voice, Tri-Star Pictures, to Ubisoft Entertainment. He also works as an educator for institutions such as New York University and the New York Film Academy. He founded DieselFunk Studios, his production company, through which he publishes Matty’s Rocket. He makes his home with his wife and children in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Harlem.
An African-American storyteller, and Afrofuturist, David has been making comic books and other types of art professionally for most of his life. He has been engaging in arts activism and community development with a focus on identity, gender and racial issues in underserved communities.
“ My work is a reaction to the current role that afro consciousness plays in futuristicaly-themed media. The work is also about reclamation of lost identities and decolonizing the fictional future. I access Afro Conscious Space through comic book illustration. My work highlights, celebrates and contests the category of “other” by asserting African and african -american identity into futuristically-themed environments.”