We had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented Chicago-born artist Bianca Pastel to discuss her career and the future of digital art.
What does being from Chicago mean to you?
I'm very proud to be from Chicago right now. People in Chicago are really transparent. When you come to the industry in LA, you have to put up with a lot of fake stuff. You have to be your real authentic self in Chicago because that's the culture there. Being from Chicago has really made me aware of who I am, and now I am able to navigate as my truest self. I think that's really important in this climate especially.
How's life in LA treating you?
LA has been amazing! It took me a while to really get into the groove of things, it was definitely been an adjustment. I [...]
One of the best moments as a creator is to see something that's lived inside your head, something you've dreamed about - actually come to fruition. Art Noire is here but this is only the genesis. The platform will continue to evolve into something much greater.
For now, I want to introduce you to what Art Noire is in its present state. The website is separated into 3 parts: Media, Business Tools, and Community. All play an integral part into the overall vision of Art Noire.
First let's start with media. I remember the first article ever written about me. It wasn't a big platform or anything but it was something I could call my own which told my story. I want to be a platform where artists can get spotlighted for the first time and be given a platform to be discovered. Not only will there be content on the website but our fastly growing community on Instagram.
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the first major museum presentation of the work of Lina Iris Viktor.
Lina Iris Viktor is widely recognized for her exploration of art's connection to history, spirituality, and prophecy. Recasting factual and fantastical narratives surrounding America's involvement in the founding of Liberia.
Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred. explores a mythicized history of the West African nation. Established as an act of American "altruism" following the abolition of slavery, the Republic of Liberia appears as an uneasy utopia, both a paradise lost and a cautionary tale on the pathology of colonization. Central to Viktor's gilded portraits is the mercurial figure of the Libyan Sibyll; from the Latin sibylla meaning prophetess, she is [...]
Chicago born artist Nina Chanel Abney is making her mark in the City of Angels with two solo exhibits titled Royal Flush currently being shown at the California African American Museum (CAAM) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICM).
Royal Flush shows a ten year journey of Abney's large-scale paintings and smaller collages that tackles everything from politics and sexuality to gun violence and police brutality. Her work challenges onlookers to not just take in the vibrant colors and geometrics shapes that makes her work so unique, but to think critically about society as a whole.
"Nina Chanel Abney is at the forefront of a generation of artists that is unapologetically revitalizing narrative figurative painting. As a skillful storyteller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. Royal Flush—her first solo museum s [...]