Artbound explores the cultural ecology of eleven Southern and Central California counties; utilizes a broad-based, participatory methodology to identify and uncover artists, arts groups and communities engaged in creative practices informed by geography, history and place. From Imperial, to Los Angeles, to Kern and beyond, Artbound is Southern California's Cultural Journalism.
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Although agribusiness, migration and labor are the main staples of Imperial County, the Salton Sea, an area of deep environmental decay, continues to inspire artists and writers today.
At the turn of the 20th Century, Inyo County was the subject of inquiry for many visual artists and photographers seeking to define the West.
A rugged sense of independence created what is now known as the Bakersfield Sound and influenced a new generation of California singers and songwriters.
The constant flux, push and pull of cultural binaries and identities, has given Los Angeles is current status as the preeminent cultural and artistic capital of the world.
Who is to question the cultural importance of Mickey Mouse? Last time we checked, hundreds of O.C teens flocked into the park with a critical understanding about theme park design and a dash of punk rock rebellion.
The cultural ecology of Riverside County is as diverse as its geography.
Like an early piece of land-art, San Bernardino County boasts two breathtaking artificial reservoirs that accentuate the contradictions between the natural and the built environment with the cultural history of the area.
The county's physical and imaginary line has become a laboratory for experimentation as artists explore the militarized territory of the border.
The distance from the main urban hubs has afforded SLO the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate.
Artists and writers in Santa Barbara acknowledge a shared common cultural history of a not-so-distant past where California and the West were ruled by others.
In Ventura, Ojai’s experimental music and poetry scene, coexists with suburban hardcore punk and manicured lawns.
North Shore: Projecting the Future
North Shore: Projecting the Future
With a view of the Salton Sea, community art event "Projections" was a reflection of the lives of those who work and live in the town of North Shore.
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik: Classic Comix and the Art of Modern Judaism
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik: Classic Comix and the Art of Modern Judaism
Biblical characters and comic book heroes meet in the layered papercut artworks of Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik.
Beautyful Ones: The Mixed Media Paintings of Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Beautyful Ones: The Mixed Media Paintings of Njideka Akunyili Crosby
The intricate, mixed media paintings of Njideka Akunyili portray domestic scenes and daily life with references to the composition of Dutch Golden Age artworks. In her large-scale compositions, female figures hold strong gazes that challenge the viewer to engage.
Deafheaven: The Dark Side of Sunshine
Deafheaven: The Dark Side of Sunshine
Deafheaven's masterful musical eclecticism has given them crossover appeal and made them one of the most highly praised bands of the last decade. The metal band's recent release, "New Bermuda," is a cycle of sonic poems rooted in lead singer George Clarke's move from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Sandow Birk: Re-contextualizing the California Experience
Sandow Birk: Re-contextualizing the California Experience
Talk to artist Sandow Birk and you'll find out that his devotion to surfing has not only compelled him to roam the world looking for the perfect wave. His extensive travels provide a foundation for his socially infused artwork.
Artbound Episode: The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto
Artbound Episode: The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto
Artbound episode "The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto" examines Afrofuturism and its legacy in contemporary Black art.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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