Friday, October 26, 2012
"RHYTHMIQUE" Pencil, 1983:
Momentum is the most powerful force of all. Afro-futurism was born in the minds of brilliant forward thinking African American slaves and the freedom expanding visionaries of the Black Liberation Movement during the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s. The great George Washington Carver was not the only Black American with an eye on the future. To get in where one fits in the flow of time, ideas, change and chance is as crucial as preparation meeting opportunity. In a result of the tensions in America in 1968 Onli chose to launch art movements derived from the Black and urban experience. Rhythmism is a force in motion. Onli came of age in the late 1960s.
This is an image Onli created in 1983 as part of his Cosmopolitan Daydream production and talent management operation. The image and resulting multimedia performance tribute was impressive as a feature for the 25th Anniversary of the National Conference of Artists. It was held at the Genesis Center in Gary Indiana. Building on Onli's prior efforts has launched the Black Age movement along with all things Rhythmistic.
But there is no cure for the now in the future.