From the Hammonds House: Join us for the opening night of Black Metropolis. Black Metropolis presents decades of published and unpublished work by artist Tim Fielder. The primary focus of this show is to bring to light work that was part of the visual foundation that exists in this present ’Age of Afrofuturism’. Black Metropolis is the visual and emotional ideal, not necessarily the physical construct, of an infinite cosmopolitan space where Black People can be anything or anyone they choose in the PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE. https://www.hammondshouse.org/events/2018/10/12/opening-night-black-metropolis-30-years-of-afrofuturism-comics-music-animation-decapitated-chickens-heroes-villains-and-negroes
Obviously I am immensely proud of the show. It has always been a fascinating idea of my art being viewed in a gallery space. In America, comic books have largely had a disposability applied to it. Occasionally, some aspects of comic art have made its way into the work of fine artists such as in the case of Russ Heath’s panels in Roy Lichtenstein’s pieces. In this instance, my sector of art-making has always been involved around the depiction of Black People within science fiction and comic book environments. This present period, which I call The Age of Afrofuturism, has bound together the characteristics of Speculative Art and Sequential Art with the binding glue of Afrocentricity. The context of my, now 30+ year career touching on the music industry, animation, game design, film, and comics is a time capsule that is both enjoyable and moving. Further, I will be showcasing previews of my next upcoming graphic novel, INFINITUM. The fact that the Hammonds House has chosen to feature my life’s work as the finale for their 30th year of existence is humbling and I am very thankful. Expect more events surrounding the show as the WEEKS go on. Very exciting times.
Masterminded by Curator, Boston Fielder, and shepherded by Hammonds House Executive Director, Leatrice Ellzy Wright, the show revives into a world where audiences are clamoring for its specific brand of content. Black Metropolis initially premiered in 2016 at New York University’s Gallatin Galleries with the guidance of Keith Miller and Meredith Theeman. Black Metropolis has always been an initiative to showcase my work in a traveling show. I am so happy and proud to have this project continue at the Hammonds House Museum.
The lab is in heavy workmode on INFINITUM. But, sometimes we gotta make a journey out the door to talk about all things Matty’s Rocket. I have the honor of participating in a wonderful panel discussion moderated by NY Times Children’s Book Editor, Maria Russo. Fellow artists, Ibi Zobo, Jen Wang, and myself will be present at the Brooklyn Historical Society libary at 5:00 PM! Tremendous THANKS to Calvin Reid and Liz Koch!
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. FEAR NOT; the Lab has been in WORK MODE! Today I’ll be publicly previewing my next graphic novel, INFINITUM at BOOK EXPO (BEX) during a group panel moderated by the GREAT Calvin Reid, Senior Editor of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, titled:
Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018
BOOK EXPO: JACOB JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER
05/30/2018, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM, Location: 1E10
More information on the panel: What are the essential graphic novels for your store coming your way in 2018? Moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid, this panel introduces you to the upcoming comics you can’t miss — and the authors: Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket), Blue Delliquanti (Meal), David Small (Home After Dark), and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!). From science fiction to sports to memoir to food, with these graphic novels, there will be something for every reader.