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BLACK KIRBY is a collaborative “entity” that is John “Tony Pitch” Jennings and Stacey “Blackstar” Robinson. The introduction to this avatar will be 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 Afro-futurism, 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.