my friend at UK, Dr. Adam Banks, is hosting an highly academic forum in Chicago next spring that will focus on afrofuturism and its roll in digital communication (and vice-a-versa, i’d imagine) … he asked me to come up with a few concepts to run as promotional material for the event; this is my favorite so far, but sadly, it’s one he’s rejected so far in favor of a work still in progress. - he did say he might want to use this one for one of his own personal projects / if i dont beat him to it!
those well-versed in the history of American barbarism will recognize the artistic license taken with the image above, replacing the vicious scarification with vévé of Eshu Elegbara as constellation. it also owes a nod to the works of Bearden and Matisse. in future revisions, i think i’ll stylize his entire silhouette as a constellation and have it entirely white on black.