Monday, October 15, 2012

Digital Tour! "Visual Word II: Dreams and Destiny" - Zhillart Imaginations, TM

To all my Distinguished Guests,

Thank you all for coming to my first solo art exhibition and opening.  It was a great success!  This was the first of many to come, I am extremely honored to have been approved for this exhibition at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and I plan to be more visible in the art community with more art shows, exhibitions, and collaborations in the near future.

Out My Window (SOLD)

Dusk ($30)

Dusk and I ($100)

I Come Down ($80)

Rise and Set ($100)

Tree of Knowledge ($200)

Father's Guidance ($80)
Father, Open Our Eyes ($100)

For those who could not attend, I have prepared a digital walk-through of this month's exhibition, "Visual Word II: Dreams and Destiny".

Feel free to leave comments/contact information either below or via my listed contact info: 

Phillip Johnson
(601) 462-4857

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Father and Son - Zhillart Imaginations, TM

Father's Guidance
16 X 20

Father, Open Our Eyes
20 X 24

The nature of man is both human and divine in origin. Our inspiration is powerful and our potential limitless. The bond that joins this world to the next is within our souls; only to be unlocked by the grace of the creator and the purity and innocence of creation.
A child, in this case, a son, is the purest form of our being. They are true, innocent, trusting, and without vice or sinister motives. It is through their eyes that this world shall become what it was meant to be.
Along the height of the obelisk(seen right) there are symbols. From bottom to top, the symbols are an illustration of man’s “Original Justice” in accordance with holy scripture and African symbolic tradition. As it is written, man was created in a state of “holiness and justice” in harmony with the Lord and harmony with one another in the grace of “divine life .”
The first symbol, a representative of the union between God and man, is placed at the base to symbolize the origins and destiny of man.
The next, is a representative of the wisdom and knowledge of the connections of all things and the natural order of the world, addresses the next aspect of man’s origins; harmony with God and all creation.
Above this is crescent moon and stars, a representative of the characteristics of mercy, loyalty and trust, is symbolic of God’s law governing interaction between human beings; as well as all of creation.
The last, a representative of purity and luck through God’s presence, is symbolic of our never-ending desire to, and our longing for, the will of God to favor us. This desire is not without evidence in the secular world. Many societies have been subject to the guidance of an individual that they saw as greater than them. This natural desire to seek the the favor if “the King in the Garden” can be displaced in the name of social substitutes as a result of scarcity, war, disease, and natural disaster. For the purposes of this piece I would say my inspiration was the guidance I received through divine inspiration, my parents and sister, my family and my community.
I suggest you use your own eyes when viewing this work and allow your eyes to be opened by that “which knows us, though we know it not.”

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Destiny is a Star in the Sky - Zhillart Imaginations, TM

As we journey through life the path we see before us may seem like only the stuff of dreams. As a hiker who stops for a second along the trail to marvel at the mountain that lay ahead we are swallowed whole by the vastness of what we may become. Would your eyes be granted a glimpse of yourself at the height of your dreams fruition, you would not believe it to be based upon reality, yet it is in the journey that we realize our true nature and the true meaning of destiny.
Looking at the primary image, the hand reaching for the star atop a pyramid, one would be led to believe that it is a metaphor for the struggle towards a dream; however this is more than a symbolic gesture. It is in the midst of the journey where we find ourselves and the journey, as shown by the four other frames along the bottom and left, is what will reveal to us our destiny. The characters in the various frames are labeled with a symbol of their own to define for you what stage of their journey they are in.
At the bottom, the symbol under the arm of the character being helped by another on the path is that of solidarity; representing our united hearts, our struggles are one and the same.
In the bottom left corner there is a woman climbing up along the path as she carries her child on her back, using the stone bricks of the path to teach her child. On her child’s cloth there is the symbol meaning we are all God’s children. On her inner thigh there is another symbol, this one representing one who teaches with patience; it is the symbol of compassion and protection.
The frame above that one, second to the top, is of a man hoisting another further along the journey where he may or may not be fortunate enough to follow. On his arm is the symbol for physical and mental-spiritual strength.
In the top left, the last frame shows a character carrying a cross and seemingly about to fall. He has reached out and on his ribs there rests the symbol for dauntlessness and courage; the strength and belief allowing him to persist despite the daunting task that lies ahead.
It is the journey that all of these characters have embarked on that will lead one to the top, but not without help and love along the way; it’s what we all need.

Let There Be - Zhillart Imaginations, TM

Life is a blessing that never ceases to be given. Our spirit, unbound by earth’s gravity soars up to meet its creator’s glory. In the heavens above we feel the warmth of all that is, all that has ever been, and it brings us fluttering back to earth. In our wake the vice that seeks to destroy us, never yielding but to the light that guides us, pursues us mercilessly as it fades in the distance. But it is just as it should be, our table lay prepared before us, the boundless abundance that emerges from all that is good erupts from the tools of our gracious working hands and showers the fruits of our love with love and plenty.
‘Let There Be’ is an illustration of the infinite blessings that life, and death for that matter, holds for all of creation. In the top left, the area behind the angel, the ball of light at the end of staff, and at the bottom there are a number adinkra of symbols: God (top left), warning against envy (behind the angel), abundance and plenty (the flower on the glowing ball of light), and we are all God’s children (bottom).
The Angel holds a staff, not only as symbol of authority but also a symbol that has been used traditionally to show the will of God, and as it connects with the ball of light that is life there is an explosion of abundance and fertility. It is this way so it can be truthful to my eyes as I have seen; when one embraces their path with love and compassion life reveals itself to be as lush as the garden of Eden.