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.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The World- Since the launch of the growing Black Age of Comics genre in
1993 the tension between the mainstream and this dream has resulted in
many an amazing expression. None are more vital than the two historic
"BLACK COMIX" mega sized anthology album books that feature the works ,
stories, backgrounds and information about the seriously gifted and
dedicated sisters & brothers who make it so. there is even a listing
of all of the indie annual events that facilitate this movement. 1993
officially put the "Black" in this hybrid of visual & literary art.
Now your collections, libraries, living rooms, media centers, classes
and companies can better get their Black on! "Indie today: Black Age
Forever"! "Black Comix Returns" by Damian Duffy & John Jennings per
Lion Forge/The Magnetic Collection.....via Amazon.
Prof. Onli presented the Rhythmistic Graphic Novels and the production, history and potential of the medium to curious students at the prestigious Lab School of the University of Chicago recently. The students had been studying "Afrofuturism" as is appears in the mainstream. This exchange gave the students a chance to learn about the impact of the prolific work Prof. Onli has produced over the past four decades in the music industry, fashion, fine art, and Graphic Novels.
Azaniac" is a character of Prof. Onli's that has been circulating
for support and development since 1992 in Hollywood, Harlem, Bronzeville
& Paris to no avail. Too strong and too Black to link the traditional and the
modern in an Black-Afrikan world view.
before the terms "Afrofuturism" and "Afrocentric" were popularized a
youthful Onli had established Rhythmism and the expression of the
future-primitif in his practice. It was met with aggressive resistance
in Black & White art circles who prefer works from Blacks that
narrate a salute to suffering and honor the legacy of oppression.
landmark album cover was created by Prof. Onli in 1973. It expresses
unique notions of higher intellectualism in a true Afrikan context. The
visual worlds are catching up to his vision and practices but not
embracing this practice with resources. But this war is far from over!