Best of Artbound's Asian Accents Series


This summer, Artbound celebrated its one-year anniversary and finished its second season of programming. Season 2 took our exploration of Southern California's cultural landscape to new heights: from the banks of the Tijuana river to underneath the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, from the vast high desert of the Antelope Valley to the beaches of San Diego. We explored art in museums and scrawled on sidewalks; performances under the stars and in the spotlights onstage. Since January, we've published 225 new articles, produced 14 short documentaries, and broadcast three hour-long television episodes.

Today, we look back at five of this season's most memorable articles from our Asian Accents series. Artbound contributor Meher McArthur immersed herself in California's Asian arts scene -- its ethereal watercolors, bold caligraphy, intricate Tibetan design, and experimental works that defy dimension. Enjoy!

Chinese Brushstrokes in Hollywood: The Works of Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong painting a calligraphic abstract | Photo courtesy of Pamela Tom.

At 102 years old, Tyrus Wong's prolific career as a motion picture illustrator is being recognized in an upcoming documentary film.

Documenting Exodus: Hit Man Gurung and Nepal's Departing Youth

"Save Yourself First; Save the Life Together," Hit Man Gurung, 2012, acrylic on canvas. | Image courtesy of the artist.

Nepalese artist Hit Man Gurung's residency at 18th Street Arts Center offers a unique perspective on the devastating effects of war and globalization on this Himalayan nation.

Fleeing the Rose Garden: Marjan K. Vayghan Creates Safe Spaces in Los Angeles

Detail of a Legacy Crate from the "Break the Lass and Fall into the Glassblower's Breath" series by Marjan K. Vayghan, kinetic, audio and light installation, 2013, | Courtesy of Shulamit Gallery, Venice.

Marjan K. Vayghan's "Legacy Crates," a series of transformed art shipping crates, symbolizes her journey from Iran, the land of her ancestry, and her transcultural life and identity in the U.S.

Contemplating Home in the Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu

"Precious Light" by Lan-Chiann Wu, 2012, ink on paper. | Image courtesy of the artist.

Lan-Chiann Wu's paintings are a unique cross pollination of traditional Chinese ink painting and Western artistic styles and techniques.

Floral Fusion: The Ikebana Sculptures of Shizuko Greenblatt

"Breeze" (Fusion Ikebana series) by Shizuko Greenblatt, 2008. | Courtesy of the artist.

L.A.-based artist Shizuko Greenblatt creates sculptural works informed by the flower arranging tradition of her native Japan.

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Top Image: "Reflections of the Past" by Lan-Chiann Wu, 1999, ink on paper. | Image courtesy of the artist.

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