A new series of lavishly illustrated prints by the gifted comic artist and University at Buffalo professor John Jennings is on view through Feb. 27 in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera (91 Allen St.).
The show, called “MATTERZ of the FACT,” features what an El Museo release calls “surreal sci-fi contraptions that seem to parade under the glow of an alien sun.” Jennings is nationally known for his visually alluring work, which both draws on and critiques comic book and pop culture tropes, with a specific focus on stereotypical representations and misrepresentations of the black body.
Outside of his extensive work at UB, he also participated with fellow comic-influenced artist Stacey Robinson in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s 2012 show “Black Kirby,” which was both a tribute to the great comic book artist Jack Kirby and a searing cultural commentary on black representation in American culture.
“I look at myself as kind of a CJ, basically, instead of a DJ,” Jennings said in a video produced by the University at Buffalo. “DJs sample sounds and put them into these remixes, and the way that I think about teaching and the way that I think about art-making is that I’m actually seeing and reading things and recomposing them according to my particular perspective and reintroducing those things into the public sphere.”
El Museo will host an opening reception at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, and the show runs through Feb. 27. Call 464-4692 or visit elmuseobuffalo.org.