Last week, as I waited for Tiger Auto on Ashland Ave. to complete some need car repairs, I headed to the library on Chicago Ave. As I went in, I glanced across the street at the large, renovated building called Annex. I noticed the art installations hanging in the windows, just as someone was taking them down.
A few hours later, on my way to pick up my car, I looked across the street at the Annex and BAM! What did I see? Some amazing Black Art! Not just any Black Art because there is alot of great Black Art; if you have the Mind to look for it!
However, this Black Art, covering the large windows, belonged to a pair of artists that I know!
BLACK KIRBY | John Jennings & Stacey Robinson @Annex in Chicago
Well, I don’t know them that personally but I am familiar with their art and success through the amazing world of the internet! Actually, I learned of both artists in 2007 via a site and forum called BlackSuperhero.com and the defunct HeroTalk, respectively. The artists are
Who are they? John Jennings and Stacey Robinson are both are Black Professors and creative visual artists. United, they are Black Kirby and inspired the by legendary comic book artist, Jack Kirby ; they explore Afrofuturism.
“Afrofuturism is a movement that combines African Diaspora themes and the Black Experience infused with spirituality, technology and the futuristic visuals of science fiction. The purpose is to underscore the historical and current social issues of Blacks around the globe and engage the imagination for solutions; placed in a futuristic context across multiple mediums of visual art, literature, music, fashion etc.”
For more information, click their names above and check out the images below for a taste of Black Kirby!