Afro Futuristic visual art is born of Rhythmism. Onli's shown to positive acclaim with Cool Globes, The Tubman Museum, MCA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Krannert Museum, OSUN, Younger Gallery, UIC, The DuSable Museum, Chicago Children's Museum, The FIAP in Paris, plus many publications, with his compelling future-primitif expressions which he termed as "Rhythmism" in the early 1970s. Educators, collectors, curators, critics, publishers and students are.. " Welcome!"
Installation series from ONLI STUDIOS presented at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Now that the "post-black" era has given way to "Black Lives Matters" the concepts and messages in my Rhythmistic art and indie publishing rings truer than ever. I never backed off of advancing the IQ and impact of the opulent Black culture.
This lame idea and impulse to think or say that "Black" is not mainstream when there is no American mainstream without "Black"!
My work has been presented in major institutions and indie ones as well. I love it when folks get to experience my Rhythmistic expressions along with my skill set to deliver the visual in real effect. A lack of skills has hurt the art world over the modern era. Sort of like singing out of tune. A harmonious balance of style and technique is desirable!
The Black Art Movement was the driving force in the new Black consciousness cultural revolution that exploded in the 1960s and persists in full effect today and tomorrow. It is no more a dinosaur than "Mod" or "Pop". Those who have been programmed to resist or deny anything called "Balck" as negative or inferior know that the opposite is true. They well understand that this amazingly fertile culture has continued to manifest positive expansions in lifestyles and commerce. They fear its potential of real power. Often they fear being cool about "the Black" will result in their not getting commercial or professional opportunities in areas that hate of recent the successes of the Black Cultural revolution.
It is 2016 and the Black Cultural movement is about to celebrate the opening of a new museum in Washington DC that is a tribute to Black culture in the United States.