Special 'Artbound' Episode Airs New Year's Day

Burbank, CA - December 23, 2013 - KCET's award-winning transmedia arts and culture series, Artbound, will feature a special episode on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.  The 3-hour long New Year's special explores Southern California's multifaceted art scene and diverse cultural landscape, sharing unique stories that celebrate the eclectic and creative spirit of the region.

Culled from Artbound articles selected by KCET's online audience, segments highlighted in the episode include:

Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest

A multi-faceted project by artist Alexandra Grant, based on French author, and philosopher Hélène Cixous' book "Philippines," the work encompasses a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups, and artist collaborations centering on the theme of the forest as a shared space.

'Portraits Among Friends'

Artist Shizu Saldamando is a visual artist whose work explores a punk rock, Chicano/a subculture in Los Angeles. Her work begins by photographing her subjects in their natural environments such as backyard parties in East LA, and then paints those works on various surfaces, ranging from tablecloths, wood, and skin in the form of tattoo art.

'The Aural World of Alison O'Daniel'

Using a collaborative, cross-platform process, artist Alison O'Daniel makes her strange, fascinating, and lyrical work in interdependent video, sculpture, and sound.

'Domestic Affairs'

Artist Nery Gabriel Lemus draws inspiration from his experiences as a social worker, creating art that comments on race, gender, and domestic abuse.

Geographies of Detention

Based on a column by our partner UCR ARTSblock on the exhibition "Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag," the role of prison spaces, and the prison industrial complex is examined through the work of visual artists Sandow BirkAlyse Emdur, and Richard Ross.

'Incendiary Traces: 29 Palms Marine Base'

'Incendiary Traces' led a recent draw-in at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center where participants used drawing as a tool for connecting the SoCal landscape to foreign battle zones.

'The Wearable Art of Bohemian Society'

L.A. designer Victor Wilde sees fashion as the ultimate forum for a literally and metaphorically collaborative art form.

'The Puppeteer'

At Bootsy Bellows, a nightclub on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, Jeff Speetjens performs with a variety of marionettes from the stage to the dance floor.

'Getting Lost in the High Desert'

Diane Best personifies the creative spirit found throughout the High Desert, but especially in Joshua Tree proper. She has been a vital multi-talented creative force here of years now. Artbound explores her practice, from landscape paintings to immersive video art installations.

'The Legacy Crates'

Marjan K. Vayghan's "Legacy Crates," a series of transformed art shipping crates, symbolizes her journey from Iran, the land of her ancestry, and her transcultural life and identity in the U.S.

'Under the Influence: West Coast Hip-Hop Photography'

Michael Miller was the go-to lensman for countless album covers and publicity stills during one of California hip-hop's most vibrant eras.

'Melrose Graffiti'

Artbound hits the streets of Melrose to uncover the history of LA's street art culture that exploded in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Featuring the main players in the scene such as Mear One, Axis, Dytch, Lynk, and Rakka of Dilated Peoples.


Based on a column by Misael Diaz, this video maps the pasajes ("passages") of Tijuana, alleys housing small craft vendors and a burgeoning arts scene that is revitalizing the city.

Radio Sombra

This video transports you to the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Discover a small radio station and witness how it is actively building community through its programming.

'At the Oasis'

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's mobile "Duck Truck" brings site-specific performances to various locations in Los Angeles.

'Fallen Fruit'

Janet Owen Driggs reports on "The Del Aire Fruit Park," the first public fruit park in the state.

'Chelsea Wolfe'

Chelsea Wolfe performs her song "House of Metal" for a live studio audience.



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