South Side art gallery to showcase Hebru Brantley

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A heroic character inspired by the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen will be showcased Friday by prolific artist Hebru Brantley at the Zhou B. Art Gallery.

A heroic character inspired by the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen will be showcased Friday by prolific artist Hebru Brantley at the Zhou B. Art Gallery.

The show, themed “Afro-Futurism (Impossible View)” will touch upon the spirits of children who haven’t given up hope when dealing with the social and economical limitation that scourge society.

Flyboy, a character of Brantley’s, is able to deal with his enemies and life’s struggles through his wit, enigma, and his flying ability. This character wears large yellow goggles instead of a cape and tights. The goggles are a distinct part of his charm and ability to self-transform. They are a call to action.

Flyboy stems from Brantley’s attempt to commercialize the idea of an ethnic hero. While examining African-American history, he chose to look into the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen as he created a series of characters using Japanese anime as a muse.

Brantley’s show runs from March 18 to April 25 at Zhou B. Art Gallery, 1029 W. 35th St.

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