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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Due to my background as a major market illustrator I pass a variety of practical and dynamic drawing techniques and design sensibilities to many of my students.
Our studio focus was on mastering dry media.
Student Art display/critique at Harold Washington College.

Self Portraits by my college students' work and mine.
Students at work.

Setting up a display at the Little Black Pearl Center for the Arts in Chicago.
Due to sensitivity about the Rhythmistic nude cover image ONLI STUDIOS redesigned the cover of its Studio portfolio tradebook, "NO EVILS". This will make it easier to display the book in gift shops and book stores. Otherwise the content is unchanged.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My future-primitif Rhythmistic 1980, 30"W X 40"H, graphite treatment of Jimi Hendrix that I created as part of a collection to commemorate his kindred Rhythmistic passages. It was collected by a Rhythmistic patron who wishes not to be named.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Here is a recent Rhythmistic watercolor treatment that combines the Western & Chinese Zodiac's Year of the Rat and Sagittarius.
"I think I just made a Rhythmistic-car connection during the Italian Expo 2011 at the Bridgeport Art Center, which was held upstairs from my studio." ZOOOM!
Future-Primitivism is a practice that is live & well among us on so many levels.
"I am nearing the 10th anniversary of a studio fire that was both devastating and cleansing. Life in the arts is a life like no other!"
The "Danse of the 911 Phoenix" was created on 912.
"Femme Chat" was created by Onli in Paris in 1977. Rhythmism rox!
All three were deconstructed by Onli recently.

Rhythmism bridges the 20th & 21st Centuries with its progressive conceptual growth potential and design dynamics. It is showing up in fine and applied visual art on a regular basis.  As a teen
Onli viewed the core creative work of Jimi Hendrix as moving beyond the limits of urban or regular Black music by his embrace of thems related to sci-fi or mystism.  The basic unit of rhythm seemed to link larger aspects of compositions together. 

Thus Onli started using the term "Rhythm" to chart a new ambitious genre. He is still working on that one. 

Why imitate when one can innovate?
Brilliantly bold art critics have often addressed the innovative aspects of the Rhythmistic movement.  Here the future potential of Onli's works were addressed in a review.  Onli rarely would say no to a chance to show his artwork in galleries, school, stores or publications.

Collectors and curators will note that Onli is credited with two movements and visual arts terms. They are Rhythmism and the Black Age. of Comics.

"The Rhythmic Zone happens every 3rd Friday at ONLI STUDIOS." 

Projection and expression come together at these gatherings of creative visual artists, classical musicians, writers and enthusiast. The goal is to offset the asbence of Rhythmistic visual art in most commercial galleries.  It is the tree in the forest that made to loud noise as others pretended not to hear.  The idea of "Black" and visual genius going together is seriously surpressed.  The art of Blacks is almost always limited as expressions of passions and emotions and rarley referred to as being smaple of higher cognition.  We think, therefore we do. Adventures of intellect.  Excursions of the mind.

Since my teen years I have been looking to add these human qualities to the Rhythmistic experience.  Design elements and principles manipulated by thought along with purpose and communication.  While stated in a future-primitif context."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Power To The Art!!

Who should control how people, institutions, schools, and investors view the creative visual arts industry and practices that have proliferated since the late 20th Century? Will it be the traditional museums & institutions? Will it be upstart and vintage collectors and their organizations? Will it be educational establishments and the focus of their curriculum? Or will it flow from innovative visual artistic geniuses and their dedicated outreach & practices.

Curiously there was a panel discussion on the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center Oct. 22nd forChicago Artists Month that danced around this topic. The panelists included a museum founder/executive, a City Arts Administrator, an emerging collector. Not only did the undercurrent of the dialog seem to reduce the stance or value of "the Artist" to how they related to being an asset to the needs of these entities but afterwards they left the premise without visiting the massive Artists Studios Open House and Gallery Exhibition called "Creative Cornerstones"on the 4th floor given by the Artists of East Bank, who had invited the panelists in the first place. They left on a crowed elevator. When it stopped on the floor below and the doors opened revealing part of the art on exhibit only one enlightened collector walked out to visit this important showcase & open house.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

A brief interview on Rhythmism.
You are invited to visit ONLI STUDIOS is located on the 4th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.
Friday October 21st: Group Exhibition & reception.
4E Gallery 4th Floor and Open Studios: 5pm to 10pm.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd: Open Studios 1pm to 6pm
"Creating a community Through the Arts"
Panel discussion 5th floor 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 23rd: Open Studios 1pm to 6pm.
Artful Brunch 3rd Floor Noon .

Call 773-726-1610 for appointments.