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Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce Robert Pr uitt&rsquo\;s second solo exhibition at the gallery\, Fantastic Sagas. Pruitt has a concurrent solo exhibition\, Wo men at The Studio Museum in Harlem\, NY through October 27th.

\n< p style="text-align: justify\;">Fantas tic Sagas\, is a comic book adventure project created by artist Robert Pruitt and writer Mat Johnson.

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Using Pruitt&rsquo\;s large scale figura tive artworks as a departure point\, Johnson has crafted a Sci Fi narrative  \;revolving around a black mat riarchal universe. The show will feature original hand drawn comic book&nbs p\;pages\, as well as a selection o f Pruitt&rsquo\;s signature large format drawings of key characters from th e \;comic book.

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Using the co mic book as a form to explore notions of power and validity\, Pruitt and Jo hnson hope to offer a \;work th at shifts the normative experience of reading comics from white and male to black and female.

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Fantastic Sagas presents a world of black fe male power under threat of annihilation. A strange alien force \;with the power to erase reality has invad ed the planet Earth. The two governing bodies of this matriarchal \;system must unify and share power to d efeat this invader and preserve their very existence. The reader is \;< /span>asked to join this battle\, in belie ving this world can exist\, they may prevent it from ultimate defeat or the  \;doom of simple fiction.

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A limited edition comic book publication is being produced and will be avail able for purchase during the \; exhibition. Please contact the gallery for more information.

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Mat Johnson is a Houston based award winning novelist\, comic book writer and faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He is the aut hor of novels\, Pym\, Drop and Hunting in Harlem\,the nonfiction novella Th e Great Negro Plot\, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain.He is the recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship\, The Hurst on/Wright Legacy Award\, a Barnes &\; Nobles Discover Great New Writers selection\, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.

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Robert Pruitt was born in 1975 in Houston Texas. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University \;and a Master of Fi ne Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding mem ber of the \;artist collective Otabenga Jones &\; Associates. Pruitt creates sculpture\, drawing\, vide o\, and installation \;works ab out the dichotomy of the black experience in America\, and the impact of bl ack cultural production \;on th e global landscape. He has exhibited his work at\, The Fabric Workshop and Museum in  \;Philadelphia\, \;PA\, The Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\, The Dallas Museum of Art\, The Studio Museum in Harlem\, and \;was a participating artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial which traveled \;to MoMA PS1 in New York. Pruitt is a recipient of the Artadia Artist Aw ard in 2004\, and a Louis Comfort \;Tiffany Foundation award in 2008. Pruitt&rsquo\;s work is in the colle ction of The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke \;University\, The Studio Museum of Harlem\, NY\, the Dallas Mus eum of Art in Dallas\, TX\, the University \;Museum of Texas Southern University in Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston TX. \;

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For further information or photos\, please contact the gallery at (310) 836-9055

DTEND:20131018 DTSTAMP:20140822T204148 DTSTART:20130914 GEO:34.0316947;-118.3771554 LOCATION:Koplin Del Rio Gallery\,6031 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 9 0232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Fantastic Sagas\, Robert Pruitt UID:290606 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130914T190000 DTSTAMP:20140822T204148 DTSTART:20130914T170000 GEO:34.0316947;-118.3771554 LOCATION:Koplin Del Rio Gallery\,6031 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 9 0232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Fantastic Sagas\, Robert Pruitt UID:290607 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR