ONLI WEAR

ONLI WEAR
Installation series from ONLI STUDIOS presented at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ms M-Brown, a spoken wordsmith reading a Rhythmistic graphic novel about the origin of "Susthah-Girl, Queen of the Black Age" from ONLI STUDIOS.




Saturday, April 8, 2017

"NOG: Nubian of Greatness",  is the character & hero that opened the door to the growing Black Age of Comics movement & genre when it was published by ONLI STUDIOS in 1981. NOG was created in 1978 and ran as a strip in the Chicago Defender daily newspaper.

Now it comes in a Rhythmisticly colored Graphic Novel from ONLI STUDIOS, Colored by the ever talented Ashley A. Woods.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

" Rhythmism lives!!!!!"
Studio lockdown time for Prof. Onli....... Here are a couple of samples of the current practices.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ONLI STUDIOS produced this video during its 2011 Annual Black Age Convention.  This event is the longest running and original event of its type. It was first given in 1993.  Prof. Onli often asks how creative will folks be in their mature years.  Is their interest in Afrofuturism a fad? Is it a passing party? Or will it open a mind set to discover and create over the course of a life time?

He notes the undercurrent of agism that seems to be present along with the issues of not recognizing the presence over decades of this genre, beyond the few musicians that based on a mainstream record deal gets more credit than actually earned.  Is the bar as low as a few cosmic themed party songs followed by a drug induced ruined career with no real professional legacy to hire and invest?

Sort of asking......when the patty is over and the school loans are due....what then? That is when Afrofuture meets your future!

Prof. Onli recently retired from teaching and coaching at the Chicago Public Schools but still teaches at the Harold Washington  College in Chicago.

Prof. Onli with one of his Studio Drawing Classes.
Prof. Onli out in Chicago.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Prof. Onli receiving a Life Time Achievement Award from ECBACC's Founder & Director, Bro. Yum Odom, at Temple University in 2006. 
2015: Prof. Onli leaving a POSSE Scholars celebration in Chicago.
 He was there as a guest of his intern Tamir.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BAG: Kenneth Hunter, Roy Lewis, Espi Frazier, and Turtel Onli. Photo by BAG member Jim Smoote. At the 1972 National Conference of Artists Convention banquet at Howard University. We were BAG: The Black Arts Guild. We shocked the elders and the more orthodox folk there. We were bad and bold! BAG expanded the reach and practice of the then so called Black Art Movement. Our self sustaining guild bonded to insure we would make the transition from gifted students to successful professional visual artists while bringing the power and potential of our artists' culture and innovations to the mainstream. We took that battle to the giant and won many victories. The ever-cool photographer Roy Lewis bombed in on the pix with us. Agism as being too young was a block, then the idea that taking the creative fight to the mainstream was selling out...etc...etc.... The watermelon was our logo. The brilliant designer Robert Esshu Paige supported us with studio space and a sense of cosmopolitanism, Onli is wearing a buba top made from Paige's Dakkabar Collection of textiles. We did win with work with the likes of Essence Magazine, Playboy, Johnson Publishing Company, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Denmark Records, Younger Gallery and our touring watermelon themed art exhibitions. Circa 1970 - 1978.