Lowell Ryan Projects presents “The Amazing Black-Man,” a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett running through Aug. 17.
Parodying classic superhero series, including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Superman, Daredevil and Captain America, the show will feature several dozen hand-painted comic book works in clear plastic sleeves.
Barnett has painted over the cover of an old Marvel or DC comic book, replacing familiar heroes with characters including “The Amazing Black-Man,” “The Media’s Thug,” “Whitedevil,” and “Police-Man.” By addressing real world issues through a superhuman genre, Barnett’s work seeks to dissolve the disconnect between contemporary narratives and the reality of “justice,” prompting viewers to reexamine cultural conceptions surrounding the good versus evil paradigm.
The exhibition will be on view at the gallery, 4851 W. Adams Blvd. For information, visit lowellryanprojects.com.
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