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.
George Jercich: The Fragile Art of Glass-making
George Jercich: The Fragile Art of Glass-making
George Jercich has been glass-blowing for more than 40 years. The Los Osos artist sees the collaboratory process not only as life, but as music.
Sophie & Charlie: A Kinetic Telenovela by Heidi Duckler Dance Theater
Sophie & Charlie: A Kinetic Telenovela by Heidi Duckler Dance Theater
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's "Sophie & Charlie" is being presented a chapter at a time in four locations around Los Angeles. The "dance telenovela" is part of the company's 30th anniversary programming.
Sicario: Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt Discuss Drug Cartel Thriller
Sicario: Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt Discuss Drug Cartel Thriller
"Sicario" starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin is a tense exploration of the drug war. Blunt and Del Toro spoke about their participation in the action-filled drama at a recent edition of KCET's Cinema Series.
Will Art School Adjuncts Unionize?
Will Art School Adjuncts Unionize?
Adjunct educators up and down the West Coast and across the nation are self-organizing with aims to reform the education system.
Into the Forest Primeval: Taming the Sun, Building a Hill
Into the Forest Primeval: Taming the Sun, Building a Hill
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry travel through the alphabet avenues of Lancaster. They make a stop at the green energy Sierra SunTower station and come across the city's Landfill & Recycling Center.
D.I.Y: Art from the Indonesian Archipelago
D.I.Y: Art from the Indonesian Archipelago
For "Road Trip to California" visiting artists Heri Dono, Kow Leong Kiang, Ahmad Zakii Anwar and Putu Sutawijaya rented a car and traveled along the state's coast. The joint exhibition is both informed by their explorations of California and the plurality of cultures within the Indonesian/Malaysian archipelago.
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Architecture/ Design

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

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Community Arts

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

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Cultural Politics

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

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Film & Media Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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Visual Arts

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

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