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.
World Builder: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Teams with Kid Koala
World Builder: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Teams with Kid Koala
K.K. Barrett is the production designer behind Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" and Sophia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." He steps into the director's role for project "Nufonia Must Fall" -- DJ/producer Kid Koala's live action graphic novel featuring a cast of tiny puppets.
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Four decades ago Marta Becket transformed Death Valley Junction's decaying community meeting hall into a vibrant muraled theater. Since then, many have traveled to the Amargosa Opera House to catch a glimpse of Becket's desert legacy in art, music and dance.
Kaoru Mansour: Offerings of Nature, Art and Spirit
Kaoru Mansour: Offerings of Nature, Art and Spirit
The ornate collage paintings of Kaoru Mansour depict trees laden with fruit and birds perched on branches. The artist explores both the lavish offerings we receive from nature and the food we offer to the spirit world.
A Decade of Music: Awesome Tapes from Africa
A Decade of Music: Awesome Tapes from Africa
Awesome Tapes from Africa has been introducing Western audiences to diverse African sounds since 2006.
Best of 2015: Socially Engaged Art
Best of 2015: Socially Engaged Art
In any of its forms, art has the ability to empower, influence and transform. Today, join us in looking back at 2015's most popular articles on socially engaged art.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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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.

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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.

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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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