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.
Martine Syms and the 'Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto'
Martine Syms and the 'Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto'
Filmmaker and artist Martine Syms talks about adapting "The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto" for TV, graphic design, and her publishing company, Dominica.
Delroy Edwards: Breathing New Life Into House Music
Delroy Edwards: Breathing New Life Into House Music
For Delroy Edwards, Los Angeles-based musician and producer, dance music isn't just a way to get down, it's a way to connect with the past, present, and future.
Nicole Miller: Mirror Images and the Power to Create Reality
Nicole Miller: Mirror Images and the Power to Create Reality
As a visual artist working primarily in video, Nicole Miller often explores self-representation. She's not a documentarian, but her films sometimes reflect the lives of ordinary people.
Betye Saar: Reflecting American Culture Through Assemblage Art
Betye Saar: Reflecting American Culture Through Assemblage Art
The art of assemblage may have been initiated in other parts of the world, but the Southern Californian artists of the '60s and '70s made it political and made it their own. Modern art iconoclast, 89-year-old, Betye Saar approaches the medium with a sociopolitical direction, combining her own family memorabilia with African American folk art.
The Textures and Textiles of Artist Bibi Katholm
The Textures and Textiles of Artist Bibi Katholm
Through the use of carefully selected fabrics and other found objects, Danish artist Bibi Katholm cuts and manipulates her materials, juxtaposing fabrics and paints to construct a visual montage not unlike a film editor when creating a scene.
Wayne Shorter: Jazz For the Sake of Future-Sound
Wayne Shorter: Jazz For the Sake of Future-Sound
Legendary, 82-year-old jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter chats with Artbound about L.A. living, Bill Clinton, and his involvement with the Thelonious Monk Institute.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

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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