Counties
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.
The Haters: 35 Years of Noise
The Haters: 35 Years of Noise
The Haters, founded in 1979 by G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, was one of the earliest acts in the modern noise scene. The band celebrates 35 years since its inception.
On the Boardwalk: Jeanne van Heeswijk's Public Faculty 8
On the Boardwalk: Jeanne van Heeswijk's Public Faculty 8
Jeanne van Heeswijk's work engages places where market-driven "regeneration" is displacing resident populations, focusing on the gentrification of Hollywood.
The Body and the Camera: Adrià Julià on Rocky Ascending
The Body and the Camera: Adrià Julià on Rocky Ascending
L.A.-based artist Adrià Julià's short films, sculptures, prints, and choreographic studies attempt to pull the embodied experiences of filmmaking into his own practice.
A Remembrance of Jazz Icon Charlie Haden
A Remembrance of Jazz Icon Charlie Haden
The death of jazz legend Charlie Haden at the age of 76 resounds strongly in L.A., where Haden built his career and called home for decades.
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
A sea of nearly 200 welded metal trees, Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch confronts the excess of consumer waste through a folk art.
Why Don't Artists Get Any Respect?
Why Don't Artists Get Any Respect?
What's an artist to do when they aren't getting the respect they feel they deserve?
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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

Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

icon, Music discipline

Music

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

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

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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