There are endless permutations of visual art. Paintings, sculpture, and assemblage each employ different methods and media to convey ideas or express emotions that are so often left unsaid. Across Southern California, Artbound witnessed a wide swath of artists who create works that enter our consciousness through our eyes. The West is an occularcentric society: our brains organize memories by images and much of the information we consume arrives as symbols, signs, and signifiers. So then, it is visual artists who wield the capability to harness these images for maximum impact. We witnessed the works of skate and beefcake photographers, who both treated the swimming pool as muse. Native American artist Gerald Clarke Jr., whose paintings and basket-like sculptures, made of 668 crushed and coiled soda and beer cans, defy expectations of what traditional indigenous art can be. Ken Gonzales-Day's photographic works investigated the history of lynching in California. The plein air paintings of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, captured the imagination of the world, as the region's landscapes represented the unspoiled natural environments of our home. Visual art can be beautiful, but it also can be ugly. Either way, visual art changes the way we see and think, forever etching images into our memory.
Today Artbound looks back at our year here in Los Angeles and presents some of our most read articles about the visual arts. Enjoy!
In the second installment of the "Japanese Accents" series, Meher McArthur examines the the cross-cultural fantasy artwork of Moira Hahn.
Gina Osterloh explores the wavering line between figure and ground during her residency at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).
Mario Ybarra, Jr. exhibits his work The Tío Collection riffing on childhood memories rather than high-culture aesthetics, and filling the gallery space with artifacts that Ybarra discovered in the homes of his uncles.
Two things Southern California has in abundance: sunshine and plastic. Chief among the artistic prime movers that pushed L.A. onto the international art-world stage was the Light & Space movement, the ultimate byproduct of Southern California's sunkissed and spaceward-thinking intellectual environment.
Armando Muñoz Garcia's 18-ton, naked-as-the-day-you-were-born sculpture rises a triumphant five stories from a ravine in Tijuana. "La Mona" is the architectural incarnate of the ingenuity and absurdity that defines this most surreal of cities.
Weekly Video Vote Winners from the Visual Arts Discipline
With your help, our editorial team reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. One of these articles was passed along to our video production unit, who produced a short-format documentary based on the selected story. Every week, a new video debuted online. And every other month, we compiled the best online material to create a broadcast television episode. Check out all the 2012 head-to-head matches on our vote page.
- Future Perfect: The Midcentury Modern Paintings of Danny Heller
- Date Farmers: Desert Detritus Becomes Chicano Pop Art
- Under the Green Moon with Paul Turounet
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California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.
Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.
Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.
At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.
Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.
Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.
A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.
Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.
Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.