Conceptual Art Category

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Tuesday 03 June, 2014

30 Women Creators We Love Part II #30WCR8

Yesterday we introduced you to the first 5 of 30 women creators we love. In partnership with The Nu Black and African & Afro-Diaspora Art Talks (AADAT), Live Unchained continues today with 5 more amazing artists of different genres, from different parts of the world. We hope you’ll spread the word about these talented women […]


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Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Beautifully Absurd: Nina Chanel Abney | 30 Days Unchained : Day 13

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 13 – 1/22/13 | Inspiration: Nina Chanel Abney Playfully sinister and visually complex Nina Chanel Abney masters the art of duality in her large-scale paintings. On the one hand, her art is inviting and energetic, with bright colors and cartoon-like figures. However, when you look closer, you realize some of […]


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Friday 11 January, 2013

Creative Catalysts with Oneika Russell | 30 Days Unchained : Day 2

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 2 – 1/11/13 | Inspiration:  Oneika Russell If you’re like me, you like visually pleasing art that would like nice hanging on a wall. Yet, many modern and conceptual aren’t creating to please you. Kara Walker’s silhouettes of an infant being stabbed and characters eating poop, for example, weren’t created […]


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Sunday 25 November, 2012

Meet Your Black Girl Geeks!

The women we are about to introduce have everything it takes to be a ‘G’ and then some. Shout out Live Unchained’s Black Girl Geeks with us on Twitter and Instagram (@liveunchained), using the hashtag #geekunchained. When it came to honoring hard working women creatives, the ultimate geeks of their crafts, you all showed up. […]


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Tuesday 21 August, 2012

At The Edge of Your Seat: How Lenelle Moïse Takes a Poet’s Approach to Playwriting

Eyes wide, spines straight, brows furrowed. Poet, playwright, and performance artist Lenelle Moïse enjoys when the audience is at the “edge of their seats.” Whether she’s bonding with the audience in her autobiographical one-woman show Womb Words, Thirsting or exploring the friendship of platonic soulmates in Expatriate, this 2012 Ruby Prize winner models openness, curiosity, […]


Monday 18 July, 2011

On It’s Own Terms: Oneika Russell Discusses Modern and Jamaican Art

I like visually pleasing art that I can see hanging on my living room or bedroom walls. Yet, more and more, I’m growing to appreciate modern and conceptual artists who create work that isn’t necessarily beautiful in it’s presentation, but beautiful in it’s truth and purpose. Kara Walker’s silhouettes of an infant being stabbed and […]


Monday 28 March, 2011

“Easy to Swallow, Hard to Digest”: An Interview with Nina Chanel Abney

The Live Unchained team and I were discussing how artists, in general, but conceptual artists in particular, are often stereotyped as tortured functional depressives. You don’t really hear about how these artists have to be resourceful and trust their instincts. From an early age Nina Chanel Abney created pieces that resonated with her, even if […]


Monday 24 January, 2011

“Learning by Looking”: Kenya (Robinson’s) Sound Stories on Art, Race and Emancipation

Kenya (Robinson) is an artist you should know, love and respect; We do, abundantly. In doing this interview, I was very impressed with the eloquence and creativity with which she expressed herself. While many conceptual artists have been considered too intellectual or un-relatable, Kenya stands outside that box and any other people could try to […]