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.
Blackbirds: Barbara Bestor's Housing Experiment Lands in Echo Park
Blackbirds: Barbara Bestor's Housing Experiment Lands in Echo Park
Seventy years after the Case Study House Program, community development project Blackbirds is a contemporary experiment in creating new definitions of housing. Built on the site of five former single-family residence parcels, the complex is comprised of nine structures that contain 18 independent homes.
Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct Airs Tuesday, July 21 at 8 PM
Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct Airs Tuesday, July 21 at 8 PM
The special episode "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct" airs Tuesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. on KCET-TV.
The Art of Unrest: The Political Undertones of Noah Purifoy and Mark Bradford
The Art of Unrest: The Political Undertones of Noah Purifoy and Mark Bradford
This summer, two solo exhibitions at Los Angeles area museums: "Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth" and "Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada" present significant bodies of work by African American artists, whose careers have blossomed in the city.
Self Portrait in Video: Kent Anderson Butler
Self Portrait in Video: Kent Anderson Butler
Kent Anderson Butler pushes the limits of his body in his performances. In his new video series "Sacred Encounters," his discomfort is exposed like a raw nerve.
Shifting Time in the Art of Chih-Chien Chen
Shifting Time in the Art of Chih-Chien Chen
Taiwanese artist Chih-Chien Chen created a series of conceptual artworks in video, drawing, and sculpture for his debut exhibition in Los Angeles. In this show, Chen attempts to recreate the life cycles of plants.
Chicano-Con Is San Diego's Latino-Focused Comic-Con
Chicano-Con Is San Diego's Latino-Focused Comic-Con
Comic-Con, the massive geek gathering, has separated itself from the residents of surrounding neighborhoods like Barrio Logan. With Chicano-Con, David Favela and his friends worked to create their own convention -- one that encompassed the rich Mexican/Chicano arts and culture found in their community.
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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.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

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.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

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


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