Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce Robert Pruitt’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, Fantastic Sagas. Pruitt has a concurrent solo exhibition, Women at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY through October 27th.
Fantastic Sagas, is a comic book adventure project created by artist Robert Pruitt and writer Mat Johnson.
Using Pruitt’s large scale figurative artworks as a departure point, Johnson has crafted a Sci Fi narrative revolving around a black matriarchal universe. The show will feature original hand drawn comic book pages, as well as a selection of Pruitt’s signature large format drawings of key characters from the comic book.
Using the comic book as a form to explore notions of power and validity, Pruitt and Johnson hope to offer a work that shifts the normative experience of reading comics from white and male to black and female.
Fantastic Sagas presents a world of black female power under threat of annihilation. A strange alien force with the power to erase reality has invaded the planet Earth. The two governing bodies of this matriarchal system must unify and share power to defeat this invader and preserve their very existence. The reader is asked to join this battle, in believing this world can exist, they may prevent it from ultimate defeat or the doom of simple fiction.
A limited edition comic book publication is being produced and will be available for purchase during the exhibition. Please contact the gallery for more information.
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 author of novels, Pym, Drop and Hunting in Harlem,the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain.He is the recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Nobles Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Robert Pruitt was born in 1975 in Houston Texas. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates. Pruitt creates sculpture, drawing, video, and installation works about the dichotomy of the black experience in America, and the impact of black cultural production on the 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 Award in 2004, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award in 2008. Pruitt’s work is in the collection of The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX, the University Museum of Texas Southern University in Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston TX.
For further information or photos, please contact the gallery at (310) 836-9055