(International) --Tackling head-on the sensitive issue of children's lives lost to extreme violence, international artist Aberjhani kicked off the 2019 art season with the launch of the provocative new series, "Kaleidoscope Moons for Children Gone Too Soon."
The series successfully combines themes of social and environmental justice with aesthetics of highly-appealing formats and styles to confront one of the most disturbing concerns of modern times. It kicked off with 3 canvases and a special series gallery posted on Fine Art America/Pixels. The gallery can be found on this page: Kaleidoscope Moons.
The posted canvases are numbered but each also has an individual title. Number 1 is "Ascension," number 2 ", and number 3 "Intensified." Product pages each carry a description of the specific artwork but also contain the following description by the artist of the new series:
THE STORY BEHIND THE SERIES
"During the holiday season some years ago, I lost a niece and nephew to extreme violence and chose to honor their lives by naming a Christmas tree after them. It was my way of gifting them the joy of which they had been robbed. The new Kaleidoscope Moons Series is an extension of that tradition in honor of children lost to such violence around the world as we move forward into 2019. It is also an expression of standing in solidarity with families who have endured these losses as they adjust to something from which they are unlikely to ever fully recover. Therefore, in lieu of a Christmas tree: the Kaleidoscope Moons Series.
“Specifically: The news out of Houston, Texas (USA) was particularly gruesome upon learning that 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes had been shot and killed while in a car with her family the morning before New Year's Eve. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was also shot but survived along with 3 other daughters. In my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, an up-and-coming 17-year-old rapper named Tyrese Carter and a 20-year-old named Jamar Davis Jr. were shot dead within 24 hours after the New Year got underway.
“The family of one gun violence victim, former university student Rebecca Foley killed 6 years ago in Savannah, announced plans to fight back. They are suing, to the tune of $35 million, the owners of the apartment complex where Ms. Foley was killed for the "inadequate security" they feel contributed to her death.
“Obviously art cannot bring back any of our loved ones lost to senseless violence. But for those who did not get their chance to establish mega-stardom and document their passage on this journey we call life, the Kaleidoscope Moons Series can testify on their behalf. It can proclaim they were here and their lives were as deserving of celebration and remembrance as anyone's."
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Bright Skylark Artnotes
Following the 2017 launch of his art catalog at Pixels.com and Fine Art America, content for the database of artwork titles by contemporary artist Aberjhani for sale online has more than doubled in 2018.
That news is notable because the catalog initially was intended to provide validation of the artist's work as a writer, confirming his authorship of popular quotations by featuring them as the text for his Postered Chromatic Poetics products. However, responses to popular original photography, digital paintings, collages, and mixed media have inspired the creation of themed collections and individual prints. Among the most recent are “Suzannanian Algorithm Finger-Painted on an Abstract Wall” posters number 1 and 2, and “Harlem Renaissance Deja Vu Number 1.” These three items are also presented as commemorations of the Harlem Renaissance Centennial.
Lovers of art and purchase agents for various businesses interested in keeping up with posts of new images by the artist can do so by subscribing to his Art-Notes Blog. Below are brief snippets from and links to works currently available:
1. Introduction to Artist behind PosteredChromatic Poetics
2. Art-notes On Suzannian Algorithm Finger-painted On An Abstract Wall Number 1
Thursday, August 02, 2018, 10:29 AM
"Suzannian Algorithm Finger-Painted on an Abstract Wall Number 1" (which you can view by clicking the link at the bottom of this post) was inspired by conversations with the artist to whom it is dedicated: Suzanne Jackson. We discovered we both had c...
3. Art-notes On Suzannian Algorithm Finger-painted On An Abstract Wall Number 2
Thursday, August 02, 2018, 10:29 AM
I am profoundly grateful to the 3 women who modeled for "Suzannian Algorithm Finger-Painted on an Abstract Wall Number 2" (which you can view by clicking the link at the bottom of this post). Each is highly-accomplished in her own right and did not h...
4. Art-notes On Harlem Renaissance DejaVu Number 1
Friday, July 20, 2018, 9:03 AM
The Harlem Renaissance is celebrated around the world as one of the most important cultural and political periods in African-American and American history. Next year, 2019, celebrations will get underway to mark the 100th anniversary of the Renaissan...
5. Art-notes On Song Of Love And Compassion
Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:59 AM
When I look at this artwork in its current form, I am reminded of the late art critic Bertha Husband's description of the style and technique known as "real" painting. In her review of the ELEMENTAL Exhibit then on display at the Jepson Center for th...
6. Art-notes On Lovers Dancing In The Golden Light Of Dawn
Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:56 AM
Lovers Dancing in the Golden Light of Dawn is one of those pieces I had to force myself to stop working on after years of experimenting with different ideas for it. A number of artists have told me about similar struggles deciding when to quit or whe...
7. Art-notes On Flowers And Wings For Her Years And Tears
Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:51 AM
This print was almost titled Roses and Wings for Caring and Giving because of the subject which inspired it. Elderly matriarchs in most large southern families in America have traditionally been taken care of by younger female relatives when the time...
8. Art-notes On Cultural Literacy For Lovers And Dreamers Number 1
Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:47 AM
This abstract print along with it corresponding piece, Cultural Literacy for Lovers amp Dreamers Number 2, was created out of recognition of the millions of people currently #seeking relief from war, starvation, terrorism, gun violence, drug addictio...
9. Art-notes On Dare To Love Yourself Rainbow Poster 3rd Edition
Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:40 AM
Providers of some friendly feedback regarding the first two posters in my Official Dare to Love Yourself Series suggested that, for their specific tastes, the images were "pretty but kind'a tame." I heard them well enough and for this third edition i...
10. Elemental Month Continues With Beautiful Irony
Friday, May 11, 2018, 10:57 AM
The current celebration of the 10th anniversary of ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love, continues this week with the posting of two new print images: Portrait of the Poet as an Angel Drunk on Love, and, Black When Haitians Were Heroes in America...
11. Thanks For All The Support
Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:41 PM
I have received a lot of encouragement from the great community at Fine Art America since joining a couple of months ago and today was notified about my first sale. It is for of a pack of Official Chromatic Poetics greeting cards titled ldquoEugene T...
12. Appreciating Beauty Of Magnificent Fountains Of The World
Monday, May 15, 2017, 1:24 PM
Fountains are among the most admired ornamental manmade structures because they combine the artistic beauty of refined sculpture with the precision of engineering and architecture. Celebrated examples can be found all over the world, including Savann...
13. Dare To Love Life On National SelfieDay And Always
Monday, May 15, 2017, 1:18 PM
The Dare to Love Yourself "movement" had nothing to do with National Selfie Day when it began to slowly develop ten years ago. The well-known quote--"Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends."-- as many are now aware, ori...
14. The Mysterious Wonder Of Birds And Winged Horses
Thursday, May 04, 2017, 9:55 AM
Who hasn't at some point wished they could just fly off somewhere, like birds or other winged things, without dishing out cash for a ticket or becoming unwillingly intimate with pat-down procedures' My homage to winged beings actually
15. Correcting Legacies Of Injustice
Thursday, May 04, 2017, 9:48 AM
One of the hardest questions posed by recent headlines in the U.S. has been: How do we come to terms in 2017 with legacies of an American past during which racism and other forms of social injustice were openly practiced' It's not a question that can...
16. Expanded Perspectives On City Of Savannah, Georgia
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 9:04 AM
I just added 3 images to a new FAA collection called Sojourns in Cosmopolitan Multicultural Savannah. Because the city is an odd mixture of diverse cultures framed within some intense southern history, the text provides a bit more background than wha...
17. Art Plus Poetry Equals Amazing Magic Part Two
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:32 PM
EDITORIAL NOTE: This is a continuation of the previous blog discussing changes in the publishing industry in regard to books of art and poetry. Publication of the ekphrastic art and poetry collection ELEMENTAL, the Power of Illuminated Love, proved a...
18. Art Plus Poetry Equals Amazing Magic Part One
Monday, April 17, 2017, 11:27 AM
Art and poetry have long functioned as a kind of team in my creative life. It is interesting at this point, while setting up the profile here on Fine Art America, to recall the different artists who have inspired me. I never intended to make attempts ...
Bright Skylark News notes Aug 2018
Two new releases by Postered Chromatic Poetics creator Aberjhani made their debut on Pixels.com and at Fine Art America as part of May's ELEMENTAL Month celebration, a third work of art posted June 14, and three more are scheduled for release June 18. The new releases along with the artist's entire online catalogue are now offered at 25% off with the use of Discount Code EXLTBU until July, 4, 2018, as part the Summer 2018 "Blossoms of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution" event.
The event takes its name, "Blossoms of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution," from one of the new works slated for release June 18. The works released in May plus previews of those scheduled to go on sale next week show the author-poet-artist moving in some new directions with visual explorations of night-time urbanscapes, family life, and possibly most surprisingly a trio of abstract works.
Breaking New Creative Ground
The page description for the digital painting titled "Flowers and Wings for Her Tears and Years" states that it is a homage to caregivers. On his Facebook profile, the artist shared that the image was "modeled after a series of pictures taken by my friend, photographer and catalyst-counselor John Zeuli, an uncommonly beautiful soul who did me the honor of photographing me for a gallery of works featuring fellow poet Coleman Barks (celebrated foremost interpreter of works by Jalal al-Din Rumi) and others."
His night-time urbanscape, titled "Moon on Fire over Downtown Savannah" represents a departure from previous depictions of the historic city while further verifying the uncanny mystique that draws millions of tourists to it every year. (The current National Beta Club Convention being held in Savannah is only one example.)
Art and the Quest for Social Justice
The mixed media digital painting "Of Time and the Savannah River Bridge" is an obvious type of departure in terms of the style employed. But it also shows the artist expanding his public commentary via art –as he did with the popular print “Savannah River Bridge the Morning After Hurricane Matthew No. 2”--on the controversial name of the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge. The text for his collection of bridge images reads as follows:
"There is no ignoring the many social justice calls for renaming the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge so its nomenclature better reflects our changing more inclusive modern times. A lot of dedicated mindful people are working hard to make that happen. But that doesn't mean we have to wait to celebrate the aesthetic triumph and majestic beauty of the bridge itself."
Other than the image after which the summer 2018 event has been named, the new trio of abstract canvases has not been made available for previews. The artist, however, proposed, "To me they're like painted prayers offered on behalf of all those millions of people in the world today so desperately on the run from one country to another, or one history to another, trying to save their own lives and the lives of people they love. I’m also reminded of the too-many victims of gun violence in schools and homes. Our fellow human beings endure so much horror and yet through their faith and courage and sometimes triumphs, they gift us with amazing inspiring beauty."
A number of the new images already unveiled have featured on the front pages of several groups at Fine Art America, including: Beauty in Art, Contemporary, Social Justice Awareness and Unity, and Digital Art.
--Bright Skylark Press Release