superHUMAN features 14 artists who pull freely from speculative models, working in various media to shape modern hybrid styles. Combining the mythical and fantastic, these artists compel us to look beyond contemporary notions of race, gender, sexuality, cultural rituals, and even art itself. Like the half-human subjects that have inspired them, these new speculative art forms may well point the way to the future of art and culture. They resist easy categories, thwart the boundaries between high and low, and present a new vision of a shared superhuman experience.
Speculative art has taken a number of shapes, from classic Greek myths to graphic novels, from sci-fi literature to film. The fantastic qualities of this work have made it extraordinarily popular among audiences, but it also has provided artists with an important means for exploring serious cultural issues.