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.
Inyo County San Bernardino County Riverside County Imperial County San Diego County Orange County Los Angeles Kern County Ventura County San Luis Obispo County Santa Barbara County Image Map
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.
Painting Faces: San Luis Obispo Artist David Settino Scott Pictures 'Women'
Painting Faces: San Luis Obispo Artist David Settino Scott Pictures 'Women'
San Luis Obispo artist David Settino Scott indulges his love of portrait painting, and his appreciation for female beauty in the exhibition "Women."
Five Reflections of Artistic Expression Influenced by the Watts Rebellion
Five Reflections of Artistic Expression Influenced by the Watts Rebellion
Today, Artbound reflects on artists influenced by the Watts riots.
Rejuvenation: The Restorative Waters of Paso Robles' Franklin Pond
Rejuvenation: The Restorative Waters of Paso Robles' Franklin Pond
For first-time visitors to Franklin Hot Springs -- known to locals simply as Franklin Pond -- it may feel a little like knocking on someone's door. Opened to the public in the early 1980s, the location has been family-owned for five generations.
Mystic Arts World: Laguna Beach's Original Psychedelic Gallery
Mystic Arts World: Laguna Beach's Original Psychedelic Gallery
In the 1960s, Mystic Arts World was a Laguna Beach emporium, bookstore, and gallery that showcased psychedelic art. Historian Bolton Colburn revisits the counter culture venue with exhibition "Orange Sunshine and the Mystic Artists 1967-1970."
Artist and Gallerist Dale Brockman Davis Reflects on the Watts Uprising
Artist and Gallerist Dale Brockman Davis Reflects on the Watts Uprising
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Watts uprising, Artbound met with Dale Brockman Davis to reflect on the origins of the Brockman Gallery, the cultural landscape of South L.A., and the effects the discord had on the area's artistic communities.
Every Ten Feet was a Soldier: Jazz and the Watts Rebellion
Every Ten Feet was a Soldier: Jazz and the Watts Rebellion
Watts has produced generations of jazz talent. For many musicians who witnessed the 1965 riots, their decayed and burning neighborhood revealed to the rest of the world on live TV screens bore no resemblance to the cultural and racial Eden their parents and grandparents had built.
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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

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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