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.
From Mr. Oizo to 'Reality': The Music and Films of Quentin Dupieux
From Mr. Oizo to 'Reality': The Music and Films of Quentin Dupieux
Quentin Dupieux appears to move back and forth between two worlds seamlessly. As a filmmaker, his projects embrace the absurd. As electronic music producer Mr. Oizo, he has consistently pushed the limits of dance floor beats.
Beyond the Walk of Fame: Director Sean Baker on 'Tangerine' and Los Angeles
Beyond the Walk of Fame: Director Sean Baker on 'Tangerine' and Los Angeles
In the film "Tangerine," which centers on the friendship of two transgender prostitutes, Los Angeles is a main character. Artbound recently caught up with director Sean Baker to reflect on the character of L.A., discovering his actors, and how to shoot a movie on an iPhone.
'Abandonment Chic' and the Modern Desert
'Abandonment Chic' and the Modern Desert
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry step into Randsburg, CA: a town straddling the worlds of tourist destination, motorcycle Valhalla and diminished landscape where civilized specters remain.
Petra Cortright: Post-Internet Art in the Social Media Age
Petra Cortright: Post-Internet Art in the Social Media Age
Petra Cortright was raised in Santa Barbara, but she grew up on the Internet. The artist's work is often typified as "post-Internet art" -- art that uses the Web as its medium, source, context and place where it is performed, all at once.
Joe DeVera: A Former Marine Retraces Conflict
Joe DeVera: A Former Marine Retraces Conflict
Artist Joe DeVera's installations question and serve as a vehicle to retrace the history of conflicts in our time and in turn, to comprehend the recurring events of human tragedy.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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