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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PRESS RELEASE: Summer 2018 kicks off with ‘Blossoms of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution’

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 were released 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.

Discount Code EXLTBU artsale2018 25 percent offThe 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) 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.)

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.”

The artist further proposed some of the new canvases are, “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 News Notes

Dancing with David Bowie under the Serious Moonlight – Bright Skylark Literary Productions

David Bowie on 1983 set of LET’S DANCE video with dancers Terry Roberts (left) and Joelene King (center). (Photo from bowiedownunder.com originally published in 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour booklet)

Dance is a political strategy that says “yes” to life as opposed to the corporate and terroristic manipulations that so eagerly promote polarization and glorify violent entries into death. Simply put, that is one important reason David Bowie’s 1983 Let’s Dance video (directed by David Mallet) is one of my all-time favorites. Through its subtle acknowledgment of the plight of Aboriginals in Australia, the late great Bowie Jan 8, 1947 – Jan 10, 2016) made two very important statements:

The first statement is very similar to that made by Leonardo DiCaprio when accepting a 2016 Golden Globe Award for his performance in the movie Revenant. It is namely this: the lives of indigenous and “minority” people are something much more than hindrances to a given company’s or government’s preferred agenda. As such, colonizing them (something which can be done in many different ways: economically, politically, socially, etc) or marginalizing the same is not the “acceptable option” so many seem to believe it is.

For the complete post with photos and videos please click the Source: Dancing with David Bowie under the Serious Moonlight – Bright Skylark Literary Productions

Let’s Fix It: 7 Steps to Help Replace Legislated Fear with Informed Compassion | Aberjhani Author-Poet-Literary-Consultant | LinkedIn

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, hold large banner containing the many names of individuals known to have been killed in confrontations with police. (Photo: Reuters)

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, hold large banner containing the many names of individuals known to have been killed in confrontations with police. (Photo: Reuters)

More than half the states in America (currently 33) have laws which allow one individual to take the life of another and get away with it simply by saying he or she feared the person represented an immediate danger to his or her life. That argument in recent years has been used in a number of high-profile cases where exactly who posed a danger to whom was not at all clear.

Nevertheless, in the end it has been an African American (usually unarmed) who lost his or her life to a White American (usually armed––in the case of Trayvon Martin’s death George Zimmerman’s biracial background is duly noted), creating an apparent trend. Even mainstream media with its upbeat pop culture delivery has found it impossible to ignore the increase in that trend and consequently joined the ranks of those shouting it is time to #FixIt.

In this particular case, fixing it means correcting the tendency to give fear authority over one’s actions when encountering those perceived of as “different.” Also, in this particular case, it means not exploding like a suicide bomber in the face of inevitable change and opting instead to invest in informed compassion toward one’s fellow human beings.

An Ominous Iceberg

Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Kajieme Powell only a few miles from the same location, Renisha McBride just outside Detroit, Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, and Eric Garner in New York are but a fraction of the tip of a very ominous iceberg.

For the full article with list of recommendations please click the link:
Let’s Fix It: 7 Steps to Help Replace Legislated Fear with Informed Compassion | Aberjhani Author-Poet-Literary-Consultant | LinkedIn.

The Saving Grace of an Old School Strategy and Impulse

Salman Rushdie former Red Room banner photo from Internet Archive Wayback Time Machine“What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.”
Author Salman Rushdie as formerly featured at Red Room
. (photo graphic courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)

A lot of hearts passionate about reading, writing, publishing, and literary culture in general were broken July 3 when emails went out informing members of the former online Red Room community that it was going offline on July 8. Canada’s rapidly-growing Wattpad had acquired the San Francisco-based Red Room and elected to dissolve it rather than let it stand as a separate entity the way Amazon did when it acquired Goodreads last year. The July 3 notice gave those who had been having a quiet intense love affair with the online community for just over half a decade less than a week to get their profiles, keyboards, and gigabytes of shared content in order.

Aside from the emotional impact of having to unexpectedly say goodbye to what many considered a genuine “class literary act,” a number of writers realized they had initially composed and posted original works for their blogs and comments sections directly online without bothering to store back-ups anywhere else. Call it a 21st-century side effect of texting and instant messaging which tends to encourage––though not necessarily by any means intentionally–– communicating with minimal reflection on what is said before it is said. That same impulse prompts minimal concern for the preservation of shared texts even when the capacity for such preservation is available.


A Value unto Itself

The dilemma of losing original writings to the sudden departure of a favored website is not something likely to happen to an old school writer for one simple reason. Ever since as long ago as the predigital age of the number-2 pencil and the typewriter, wordsmiths-in-training were repeatedly cautioned to never give up the only copies of their writings to anyone for any reason. Most, in fact, were often told to never relinquish their “originals” period, which is one reason you occasionally hear about “authentic manuscripts” selling at auctions for millions of dollars (hard copies not digital files—at least not yet). Their value is derived from the singular legitimacy endowed by a moment in history and by an experienced crystallization of consciousness that can be described but not duplicated. The results of the moment can be reproduced in the form of copies, published articles, genuine books, or digital files. But it remains a fixed event with a value unto itself.

That same saving grace of old school strategies and impulses seems to have prompted Red Room CEO Ivy Madison and website editors to guard against the total loss of works previously published on the site by partnering with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to preserve members’ content. According to the posted domain sale notice, “The complete Red Room archive created the week of July 7, 2014 will show up on the July 2014 portion of the Wayback Machine calendar by approximately August 15, 2014.” That’s a far better deal than many others have gotten under similar circumstances.

Former Red Room editor Huntington Sharp maintained the following in response to a Publishers Weekly article on the subject, “No one lost their content: we made a special arrangement with the Internet Archive to make sure every page will be findable on the Wayback Machine. We don’t know of any other platform having taken this step on behalf of customers, but Red Room and Wattpad did.”

NEXT: The Saving Grace of an Old School Strategy and Impulse (part 2 of 2)

by Aberjhani

The Year of James Baldwin Now in Full Classic Literary Swing (part 1)

 

Photo of author James Baldwin by Dmitri Kasterine

                                  Author James Baldwin in St. Paul de Vence, France, 1976. (photograph by Dmitri Kasterine)

“It has always been much easier (because it has always seemed much safer) to give a name to the evil without than to locate the terror within. And yet, the terror within is far truer and far more powerful than any of our labels: the labels change, the terror is constant.” –James Baldwin, from the essay Nothing Personal

Members of New York City’s cultural arts community made a rare kind of decision earlier this year and the results of that decision continue to generate exceptional events and responses. They–– as in Columbia University School of the Arts, Harlem Stage, and New York Live Arts–– elected to observe The Year of James Baldwin from April 2014 until June 2015 in honor of the late iconoclastic African-American author’s 90th birthday August 2, 2014.

Long before he died on December 1, 1987, millions came to recognize the indelible mark of Baldwin’s impact on, and the incredible depth of his singular voice within American literature. He is in many ways more alive now than ever before, a statement that holds especially true when considering the events that have already been held to launch the year dedicated to him.

“There were few political figures as deeply engaged and as capaciously soulful as James Baldwin, nor we’d like to insist, any as urgently pertinent to our own times,” noted curator Lawrence Weschler in the brochure for Live Ideas, James Baldwin This Time!  He added the following:

Please enjoy Aberjhani’s full post by clicking here:
The Year of James Baldwin now in full classic literary swing part 1 – National African-American Art | Examiner.com.

King of Pop Michael Jackson and the World Community – The Journey and the Rainbow

          Michael Jackson with Spanish translation of quote from article by Aberjhani.
(graphic art poster courtesy of Facebook Group Blues Away)

The book Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry, contains a full chapter of quotes on Michael Jackson as well as the short essay which follows. Anyone interested in winning a free copy of the book is encouraged to check out the Goodreads widget at the end of the essay.

At least part of worldwide reading audiences’ growing familiarity with my work has to be attributed to the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. Although I started writing about Mr. Jackson’s life and legacy after in his death in 2009, I did not understand just how many people around the world had been taking note of those writings. Then it was brought to my attention that several full articles had turned up on multiple websites in the form of unauthorized translations into German, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, and other languages. Given the ease with which Internet technology makes it possible to accomplish such linguistic feats––precision of the translation notwithstanding––I told myself it had been inevitable.

Technological ease was only part of the reason. Another very significant part was what I had sensed myself and what author and Minister Barbara Kaufmann had identified as the “spiritual emergency” into which Jackson’s fans around the globe had found themselves plunged upon his death. They had discovered little to no consolation within a mainstream media and sideline tabloid press that continued to employ guerrilla decontextualization to sensationalize and capitalize off distortions of the megastar’s image even as the worldwide community he left behind flailed about in a tsunami of unrelenting grief. 

Please enjoy the full post by Aberjhani at this link:

King of Pop Michael Jackson and the World Community – The Journey and the Rainbow.