"Coming and Going" new work of Algernon Miller
at Jamestown Arts Center, RI
Miller has concentrated on transforming the non-material into the material, utilizing sacred geometry and numerology, sculptural and architectural form, text, and cross-continental exchange. He draws on African and African-American artistic heritage, such as beading and quilting. Yet, his use of new technologies, as in much Afrofuturism, traverses the so-called digital divide, which associates blackness with technological disadvantage. Along with many Afrofuturist thinkers, he is conscious of a long line of “Blacks in Science,” black innovators, and he experiments with sound, kinetic energy, solar power, 3D animation, and holography.
I use the word as a link both to the body and beyond. In the mid-1990s I used pages of African-centered books on art, history, and spirituality in my library as source material for my series entitled “Skywords.” Inspired by some of my favorite authors. I digitally manipulated their texts to evoke physical as well heavenly bodies, creating constellations and biomorphic arrangements. Here the word is a medium that operates at the level of our minds/bodies in such a way that the implications and resonances are cosmic. My practice includes a wide range of disciplines here are some selected works that reflect my reputation as one of the early Afrofuturist.