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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 the depths of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, the vast lands of the Antelope Valley's high desert, and beyond. We witnessed art in museums and on city sidewalks, in tiny studios and under the spotlights of a stage. 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 profiles of visual artists. Enjoy!



Body of Work: David Adey's Ambitous Experiments

"Gravitational Radius" by David Adey

David Adey is the type of artist whose complex ideas and concepts are often too time-consuming or expensive for him to actually bring to life -- but for his big solo show next year, Adey is going bigger and more complex than he's ever gone before.




Beneath the Skin: The Paintings of Justin Bower

View of Justin Bower Studio with unnamed works. | Photo: Carolina A. Miranda.

Orange County painter Justin Bower's oversized faces are steeped in a future dystopia where humans appear to be being subsumed by technology.




Gary Baseman and Me: Critique, Correspondence, and Collaboration in the Art World

"Heroes & Villains," Gary Baseman

Gary Baseman creates a parallel universe of stylized landscapes populated by gently feral creatures and doe-eyed maidens.




Victor Wilde and Bohemian Society: Progressive Fashion with a Fine Art Soul

Bohemian Society | Photo: Lucas Logan.

L.A. designer Victor Wilde sees fashion as the ultimate forum for a literally and metaphorically collaborative art form.




Public Art, Private Stories: Michael Massenburg Collages Los Angeles

By Michael Massenburg.

As an L.A. artist, Michael Massenburg tries to piece together stories about people and place in a region where the narrative is often interrupted -- sections rearranged, re-thought, sometimes entirely elided.


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Top Image: Baseman painting with Nightmare and the Cat at the Hudson.

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