May 29, 2016, marks the 8th anniversary of the publication of Elemental, the Power of Illuminated Love, which made its public debut at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia (USA). In honor of that event and as a tribute to the one-of-a-kind ekphrasis book’s co-creator, the late Luther E. Vann, a 3-part essay series has been posted in author Aberjhani’s national cultural arts column hosted on the Anschutz Company’s Digital Clarity Group Examiner platform.
The first installment of the essay features a video on the collection of African-American art housed at the Telfair Museum and Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. The second part includes a video of contemporary African-American artists discussing the different racial and professional barriers they had to overcome while developing their craftsmanship. The third presents footage on the life and music of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, whose creative aesthetics inspired Vann in his pursuits.
Lastly, posted with each installment is an original Postered Poetics art title graphic by Aberjhani. Each art graphic is representative of different aspects of Vann’s creative strategies and practices. Readers can enjoy the separate installments, such the third featured at the top of this post, or the first or second below, by clicking on the corresponding image: