It's been five years since my first curated show, "Dream Sequence", at the Longwood Gallery of Art.
It was also the launching point of the first Bronx Heroes Comic Convention at Hostos College. It was almost 17years ago when I moved to the Grand Concourse beginning my first job as an educator as well. Something in the air steered my hand in the direction of the Grand Concourse, which to me was the "Park Row" of Gotham City, the place where Batman's birth took place.
Who would of known that Bob Kane, Bill Finger and then later, Jerry Robinson would create the most iconic figures in the comics and entertainment industry? It's the entire reason I moved to the Grand Concourse back in 1996, was because I knew that those three creators made magic at Poe Park way back in 1938.
Who would of known that I'd be doing a show based on the Batman and other artists which inspired me and led me down the path of comics? There are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason.
You can say that "Bronx Heroes" and "Living in Sequence" were my destiny to bring comics love and pride back to the Bronx for Bronxites. Its my destiny to make sure the people of the Bronx recognize there own creative talents, self worth and unlimited potential. Batman, Hip Hop, Hollywood actors all came from the Bronx and we should take time to celebrate the beauty of our borough. I want the world and Bronxites to forget the concept of" The Bronx is burning" and replace it with "The Bronx is Booming with talent".
To have hope and the power to dream is much more a definitive aspiration than what I hear young teens discussing everyday. Young men boast about a bid done in Juvenile detention. Each one amongst their friends trying to out tell each others War stories.
Young women celebrating and wearing teen pregnancy as a badge of honor. This mentality must be changed and can be eliminated through the beauty of art. Art has an effect on our minds which is allows us to reflect the beauty within ourselves. Comics have that power of imagination that young people thrive for.
Tell all your friends about "Living in Sequence". It's not an art show its a window into the past history of the Bronx and the greatnes