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

Friday, July 4, 2014

Recently a few curators, critics and collectors visited Onli Studios 
and asked  the Rhythmistic Visual Artist the question......"Why Black?" 

In response Dr. Onli stated:

"America has benefited from the Black Cultural revolution that we launched in the mid 1960s and continues that benefit today.  It wins the culture wars on every content in terms of music, dance, fashion and flow.  Blackness is a serious export that reaches beyond the limits of languages and politics. We also rock the funk outta the visual arts.  This is why I coined the term and visual practice which I share in the name, Rhythmism. Black Culture is a valid as all other cultures except it is young. Around 60 years old. It is always in a growth mode.

Artistic mastery is akin to intellectual achievement.

The timid "post-Black" folks and the  resistant "race neutral people" tend to fear its force and resent its successes. Could one imagine being "post Jewish"  or "Asian Neutral? No matter....we love them too.  Black Culture separated American culture completely from its Euro roots.

Black Culture is the product of collective intelligent processing, observations, practice and serious levels of adaptation over decades.  To this end I serve up  Rhythmism and the growing Black Age of Comics Movement.  This is my short term answer.  The rest is expressed in my artistic practice.

Ownership is the highest form of appreciation!"

Dr. Onli, M.A.A.T

Professor of Art Appreciation and 
Studio Drawing at the Harold Washington College 
in Chicago Il USA
and Chief Operating Artist at ONLI STUDIOS.

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