News Release: 2018 Art Catalog Performance Surpasses Expectations

 

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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.

The Catalog So Far

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 is a list of brief snippets from and links to works currently available:

  1. Introduction to Artist behind Postered Chromatic Poetics
  2. Art-notes On All The Flowers We Meant To Give Each Other

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 11:34 AM

Use Discount Code GMKJUD for 15% OFF all Official Postered Chromatic Poetics artwork. “All the Flowers We Meant to Give Each Other” is a collage of photography, watercolor, digital painting, custom-designed matting, customized framing, and signature…

  1. Art-notes On Redbird Dreaming About Why Love Is Always Important

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 11:33 AM

“Redbird Dreaming about Why Love is Always Important” is a mixed media vertical-formatted work consisting of nature photography, layered oil, digital painting, …

4. Tribute To Survivors And Firefighters Battling Wildfires In California

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 11:33 AM

“Redbird Sifting Beauty out of Ashes” is the second print in the Redbird Series and my homage to those battling California’s historic wildfires of 2018. (Please …

Suzannian Algorithm Artnote 1 by Aberjhani

  1. 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 …

  1. 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 …

  1. Art-notes On Harlem Renaissance Deja Vu 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 Renaissance…

HarlemRen DejaVu Artby Aberjhani at Pixelsdotcom

  1. 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 the…

  1. 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 …

  1. 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…

  1. 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 addiction…

  1. 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 …

REDBIRD COLLECTION COVER ArtBy Aberjhani C2018

  1. 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…

  1. 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 Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge the Morning After Hurricane Matthew…

  1. 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 Savannah…

  1. Dare To Love Life On National Selfie Day 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, …

  1. 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 began a long time…

  1. 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…

  1. 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…

  1. 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 …

  1. 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

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Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player Pump up the Volume 

Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player mythopoeic speculative fiction novel by Aberjhani.

There is some basis for describing Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player as a southern Gothic rock and roll murder mystery. Yet there may be more reasons to consider it a mythopoeic love story in the mode of classic tales where heroes, and anti-heroes, attempt to challenge powers far greater than their own for the sake of reclaiming love stolen by tragedy.

The theme is also true of stories from fact-based history (including current history) wherein members of families torn apart by war or slavery have found themselves battling overwhelming odds and risking what remains of their lives to reconnect with their loved ones.

This is currently a free edition of the mythopoeic paranormal novel recounting the attempts of one Danny Blue to come to terms with a series of unusual events in his life. You can check out the book page and link to the streaming text here: Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player (book) by Aberjhani on AuthorsDen

5 Ways to be Geniuses Together: Celebrating Ja Jahannes

Quote by Ja A. Jahannes with art graphic by Postered Poetics and Aberjhani.
“Unless we learn” quote by Ja A. Jahannes (with art graphic by Postered Poetics)

One self-penned definition of the word genius is: a focused intensification of individual intelligence resulting in works of exemplary creativity, visionary leadership, or uncommon spiritual depth and beauty. This definition is perhaps a fitting one to describe much of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Ja A. Jahannes, who was born August 25, 1942. in Baltimore, Maryland, and died in Savannah, Georgia, on July 5, 2015.

As recently as April 28, Jahannes (as he was known to many of his friends) had started a new blog in which he stated his intentions as follows:

“This is the beginning of me putting my thoughts, observations, queries, photos and insights in one place for present, current, and past generations (it could happen…time travel) to read and witness that I made some small, if not minuscule, contribution to Planet Sol-3.”

Unfortunately, battles with illness and the drive to continuously produce creative works did not leave much time or energy for the planned blog entries. That does not, however, mean there was or is anything at all “minuscule” about the contributions Jahannes managed to make to the world community before leaving it. Proof of that statement may be found in the announcement that his latest play, “Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly,” will be performed July 26, 2015, at the Jewish Educational Alliance in Savannah.

Indeed, anyone even vaguely acquainted with his name find themselves astonished when learning about his prodigious output as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, an educator, minister, proud alumnus of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), composer, playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, photographer, family man, community leader, publisher, and public intellectual.

Please enjoy the complete article by clicking here:
5 Ways to be geniuses together: Celebrating Ja Jahannes (part 1 of 3: the man) – National African-American Art | Examiner.com.

5 Eye-opening Books about Slavery in Savannah (part 1)

Georgia Historical Society marker citing
Georgia Historical Society marker citing “The Weeping Time,” a.k.a. the “Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History” held in Savannah.
(photo courtesy of Waymark)

Two of the most acclaimed movies of the past decade, 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained, have focused on the degradation, inhumanity, and absurdity associated with slavery as it was once practiced in the United States. Those who are surprised by this film genre’s ability to continue to command the attention of audiences around the world might want to consider the fact that various forms of forced servitude are very real in 2015.

In addition, just as the year 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, 2015 commemorates the sesquicentennial of the war’s end. It is therefore also the official end of slavery in the United States and reason enough for movies that remind viewers why so many fought against it then and why so many, acknowledged or not, are doing so now. For all intended purposes, the precise date of the end of the Civil War was April 9, 1865, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia. Some, however, maintain it did not end until Confederal Gen. Edmund K. Smith’s concession on June 2, 1865.

A Functional Metaphor

Slavery as it was known in the past serves as a functional metaphor for the human trafficking that remains to be corrected in the present. Current estimates provided by the Walk Free Foundation place the estimated number of people enslaved across the globe at 35.8 million. The foundation has drawn some heat regarding the accuracy of this figure and how they derived at it. In its own defense, the organization’s website states the following:

“Measuring modern slavery is a very difficult undertaking due to the hidden nature of this crime. Surveys represent the most accurate method for estimating the numbers of people living in modern slavery…. Data from a total of 19 countries were obtained from random sample surveys, including the seven Gallup survey countries.”

Criticisms of methodological precision to the side, even the fact that organization members dispute an exact number of millions of people enslaved in modern-day times is something so incredulous that many prefer to pretend there are no real numbers at all.

For the TedTalks photography video on modern-day slavery and to read the complete essay by Aberjhani please click this link:
5 Eye-opening books about slavery in Savannah (part 1 of 2) – National African-American Art | Examiner.com.

‘Tis the Season for the Magic of Poetry: Black Gold | Aberjhani Author-Poet-Literary-Consultant | LinkedIn

'Tis the Season for the Magic of Poetry: Black Gold | Aberjhani Author-Poet-Literary-Consultant | LinkedIn
Cover of new anthology: Black Gold, edited by Ja A. Jahannes.

When contemplating such issues as the current protests against the trend of white policemen killing unarmed black men (or boys in the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice) and the unceasing escalation of war and terrorism across the globe, some might consider poetry an insignificant subject to address as the year 2015 approaches. Others, however, might contend that just like black lives in the past, present, and future–– poetry matters, enough in fact to be placed among Big Ideas 2015 .

One important reason poetry matters is because it often helps to expand humanity’s capacity for putting brutal and sublime experiences alike into usable, meaningful, contexts. What may be the oldest known Christmas poem, A Visit from Saint Nicholas (often referred to as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) was first published anonymously on December 23, 1823, and later attributed to Clement Clark Moore. The year was a relatively peaceful one compared to the year before and that which followed. The poem, then, in addition to celebrating the holiday spirit of giving, could have been the poet’s way of affirming grace in a world too often overrun by grief.

Black Gold

The forthcoming poetry anthology entitled Black Gold, edited by playwright and composer Ja A. Jahannes, is not a collection of holiday verse. But it does offer a powerful counterbalance to the current mainstream images documenting what it does or does not mean to be a person of African or Latin descent in these still-early years of the 21st century.

With its mixture of multigenerational, gender inclusive, and intercontinental voices, Black Gold in some ways accomplishes through poetry what various government, educational, and community institutions have not. That is to say it successfully replicates the principle of unity, or Umoja, which many celebrate on the first day of Kwanzaa (December) and then generally ignore throughout the rest of the year. This should not be taken to mean the poets presented in the book are without their own brand of diversity.

To check out the full post with video and quotes please click the link:

‘Tis the Season for the Magic of Poetry: Black Gold | Aberjhani Author-Poet-Literary-Consultant | LinkedIn.

Patrick Modiano Edges out Thiong’o and Murakami to Win 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

                                         (photograph of Patrick Modiano by Reuters and El Pais)

Though presented by the UK-bookmaker Ladbrokes with an odds of only 10 to 1 to win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, France’s Patrick Modiano pulled ahead of Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to do exactly that October 9.

Modiano was not among the contenders depicted in an October 7 Wall Street Journal illustration showing  Thiong’o, Murakami, America’s Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, and Salman Rushdie rushing on race horses toward the Nobel finish line. The “race” was widely considered a toss-up between Thiong’o and Murakami.

In his announcement of the award, Professor Peter Englund, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy in Oslo, Norway, said the award went to Modiano, “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”

Modiano is an author of dozens of novels, children’s books, and film scripts. A number of his works have been translated into English, Spanish, German, and Swedish. His novels, the latest of which is “Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier” (So That You Do Not Get Lost in the Neighborhood, or So That You Do Not Lose Yourself in the Neighborhood), often blend history, autobiography, and mystery. He has been described as a writer who “plays” with the detective genre to employ it in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

To read the full article by Aberjhani please click the link:
Modiano edges out Thiong’o and Murakami to win 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature – National African-American Art | Examiner.com.

Text and Meaning in Elemental the Power of Illuminated Love (part 2 of 3)

          Video cover image for the music and poem video “Angel of Better Days to Come.”

One example of ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love’s principal themes would be the painting “Christ Listening to Stereo.” It depicts a youth on a bus in New York City. The image reveals how the youth is at once physically part of a larger setting while remaining, via his personal stereo, completely separate from it. Immersed in his interior pleasures, he claims a connection to the creative artist who made the music and who allows him to not only share in the expressed creative passion, but to utilize the same as a kind of soundtrack for his own anticipations, memories, desires, needs, or fears of the moment. 

Similar and yet very different scenes are frequently enacted in such public spaces as parks, malls, back yards, office buildings, clubs, and street corners. They all make the person part of a larger whole even while many individuals continue to exist primarily as isolated fragments of that whole. The following poem published in the book takes its title from the painting:

To continue reading the poem and full post by Aberjhani please click the link:
Text and Meaning in Elemental the Power of Illuminated Love (part 2 of 3) – National African-American Art | Examiner.com.