John Coltrane was an Alien
Archival Pigment Print
37 x 27 inches
BIO: Stacey Robinson is an Arthur Schomburg fellow who completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo. 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. In 2010, he was a part of the exhibition Invisible Ink: Black Independent Comix, University of Tennessee, Beyond the Frame: African American Comic Book Artists, Presentation at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. 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.
STATEMENT: I create multimedia works as a form of Black resistance to colonial America. I illustrate the conflicts of integration, miseducation, unresolved slavery, unresolved emancipation and Black people’s lack of ability to self-organize and self-govern. In this I appropriate images of Black trauma to incite conversation to action and dismantle ideas of derogatory Black relations, pacificity and docility. When creating my counter assessment of Black stereotypes and misrepresentations of Black existence I teeter the edge of celebration and exploitation of Black culture with a use of postmodern appropriations. I utilize cultural symbols, machinery and non-human life forms as survivalist metaphors for the Black experience. As a result, I revere Black culture while confronting the traumatic results of colonialism. www.staceyrobinson.tumblr.com