Artist and Adjunct Art Professor, University at Buffalo, Department of Art
Stacey Robinson, an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow, completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY). He is originally from Albany, NY and graduated from Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC) with a Bachelor of Arts. His art speculates futures where Black people are free from colonial influences.
His recent exhibition, Binary ConScience, explores ideas of W.E. B. Du Bois’s “double consciousness” as a Black cultural adaptation and a means of colonial survival.
He recently art directed ‘Unveiling Visions: the Alchemy of the Black Imagination’ for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. He was a part of the exhibition Invisible Ink: Black Independent Comix, at University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) at Beyond the Frame: African American Comic Book Artists, Presentation at the Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI). Stacey’s work is included in the collections of Modern Graphics in Berlin, Bucknell University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
BY STACEY ROBINSON
@ VOL 16
ON APR 14, 2016
"The work becomes a conversation about class, race, gender and appropriation."
In Building Afrotopia from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist Stacey Robinson illustrates how speculating black futures became paramount in his artistic practice as a response to the global displacement of Black and Indigenous people. Robinson shares recent work, beginning with his current Pan-African flag series, representing nations where Black and Indigenous populations are controlled by extreme measures. Robinson then shares works from an in-progress book, 100 Afrofuturists Practitioners, depicting people building future spaces where Black peace exists using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art(s), and Math). Lastly, Robinson presents works inspired by the past Black Renaissance speculative Black Futures, with Afrofuturist digital collages inspired by Romare Bearden, James Denmark, Manzel Bowman, and other past and contemporary mixed media collage artists.