Visual Arts Program
 


Friday, November 9, 2012 — Friday, December 21, 2012

John Jennings & Stacey Robinson

Black Kirby

John Jennings and Stacey Robinson - <em>Black Kirby</em>
John Jennings and Stacey Robinson - <em>Black Kirby</em>
John Jennings and Stacey Robinson - <em>Black Kirby</em>
John Jennings and Stacey Robinson - <em>Black Kirby</em>
John Jennings and Stacey Robinson - <em>Black Kirby</em>
John Jennings and Stacey Robinson - <em>Black Kirby</em>

Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 8 to 11 pm

Artists' Talk: Friday, November 9, 8 pm

Exhibition continues through December 21

Black Kirby is a collaborative "entity" that is John "Pitch" Jennings and Stacey "Blackstar" Robinson.The introduction to this avatar is an exhibition of primarily works-on-paper that celebrates the incredible work of Jack Kirby and his contributions to the pop culture landscape. Black Kirby functions as a rhetorical tool by appropriating Kirby's bold forms and energetic ideas combined with themes centered around Afrofuturism, social justice, representation, magical realism, and using the culture of Hip Hop as a methodology for creating visual communication. It also uses the notion of an alter-ego as a symbolic allegory for DuBoisian "double-consciousness" theory. This collection of work "samples" from Kirby's style but also "remixes" it with the formal and conceptual influences from many other artists, pop culture, and artistic expressions. In a sense, Black Kirby uses the comics medium as a conceptual crossroads to examine identity as a socialized concept through bricolage, pastiche,oppositional juxtapositions, and deconstruction. It is the artists' hope to destabilize various ideas of "blackness" in order to examine certain nuances of its performance. The exhibit will also seek to celebrate and investigate the reification of black power imagery and how the comics generated by a cadre of predominantly Jewish creators inspires some of the "freedom dreams" of past, present, and future Black creators.

John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist,and award-winning graphic novelist. His work overlaps into various disciplines including American Studies, African American Studies, Design History, Media Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Literature. Jennings is co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, and co-curator of Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics. His most recent book was curated with collaborator Damian Duffy and is entitled Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art + Culture.

Stacey Robinson is an artist. His subject matter examines the African-American experience, more specifically the future. Making many African-American private conversations and concerns public. In a celebratory fashion, he accentuates the form. What many times is over-sexualized is honored in his work as the accentuation, elongation and distortion of his forms represent much more than the initial appearance. Inspired by Michelangelo, Ernie Barnes, Charles Bibbs and Robert Rauschenberg, Stacey ventured in a different direction, examining the future. 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. Currently, Stacey is preparing for graduate school. Balancing family, community activities and art events is an everyday challenge. Having achieved most of his life goals, Stacey is looking forward to an unreached goal, art professor: lecturer, and world-renowned post-modern artist.

 
 
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Hallwalls 41st Annual Members Exhibition


Each year, Hallwalls opens up its gallery to share the work of our members. This gives everyone an opportunity to share what's new in their work, amid a throng of other enthusiastic participants. This year's Members Exhibition includes works by:

Bruce Adams • Jan Agati Abbarno • Farrah Ali • Rita Argen Auerbach • Cassondra Argeros • Kathie Aspaas • Jim B • Barbara Baird • Diane Baker • Jimi Beaudin • Mary Begley • Nancy Belfer • William Bergmann • Dennis Bertram • Gretchen Berwick • Amanda Besl • Bruce Philip Bitmead • Michael Bosworth • Tra Bouscaren • Priscilla Bowen • Kristin Reneé Brandt • Tim Brooks • Bradley Butler • Tricia Butski • Dan C • Edmund Cardoni • Carol Carreno • Philip Casilio • Charles Clough • Nancy Treherne Craig • Matthew Crane • Rocco Di Pietro • Cornelia Dohse-Peck • Ausgustina Droze • Brian Duffy • Matt Dunning • Annie Dunsky • Donna Jordan Dusel • Bill E • Enid Edelman • Eric Daniel Evinczik • Dorothy Fitzgerald • Joan Fitzgerald • Flatsitter feat. TJ Borden • Bob Fleming • Robert Freeland • AJ Fries • John G • Robyn Gallick • Sussan Giallombardo • Pam Glick • Grant Golden • Erich H • Michael J Hanna • Robert J. Harris • Phil Hastings • Irene Haupt • Evan Hawkins • Suzatte Henry • Joyce Hill • Lee Hoag • Judy Hodge • Ani Hoover • Billy Huggins • George Afedzi Hughes • Cheryl Jackson • Ronald K. Jackson • Anita L. Johnson • Iris M. Kirkwood • Elizabeth Larrabee • Mark Lavatelli • The Lavender Hinge • Elizabeth Leader • Stacey Lechevet • Todd Lesmeister • Polly Little • Sandy Ludwig • Rachel Lyons • Rosemary K Lyons • Stacey M • Eric Magnuson • Wendy Caldwell Maloney • Lara Star Martini • Paul Massaro Maureen Matthews • Dan McCormack • Ian McCrohan • Christopher McGee • John McKendry • Gerald Mead • Diane Menchetti • Ruby Merritt • Catherine Shuman Miller • Ben Minter • David Mitchell • Colette Montague • MJ Myers • Esther Neisen & Tom Holt • Van Tran Nguyen • Michael I Niman • Frank O’Connor • Cindy O’Mara • John Patrick O’Reilly • Alexis Oltmer • John Ozimek • Beth Pedersen • Pat Pendleton • Eileen Pleasure • Nia Puccio • Mick R • Chary L. Robbins • Brandon S • Nick Sardynski • RD Schroeck • Elizabeth Schultz • Salvatore Scrivo • Frederick Seaton • Katherine Sehr • Kathleen Sherin • Norine Spurling • Rick Steinberg • Jeannine Swallow • Katerina Syntelis-Freedman • Rich Tomasello • Kurt Treeby • Dana Tyrrell • Chris Underwood • The Vandalizer • Virocode • Kurt Von Voetsch • Alfonso Volo • Jamaal W • Thomas Webb • Mary Weig • Milton Weiser • Gene Witkowski • Gary L. Wolfe • Mariah Worthy • Mary Wyrick • Diane Yunque • KC Zugger