Year in Review: Collage and Assemblage Art

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In 2013, we published hundreds of articles, produced numerous short documentaries, and aired hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature a mash up of our episodes into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of our most read features, breaking them down by theme. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

Getting sm(ART) in San Luis Obispo

Operating in its own little niche, the sm(ART) Studio was founded to blend art, crafting, and sustainability to support the therapeutic programs of a San Luis Obispo County nonprofit.

David B. Jang and Reconstituting the Commonplace

For Korean-born David B. Jang, the re-appropriation and reconstitution of everyday objects and industrial cast-offs is at the core of his artistic endeavors.

Public Art, Private Stories: Michael Massenburg Collages Los Angeles

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.

Engaged and Inspired: DEHSART

Visual artists Larissa Nickel and Karyl Newman turn illegally dumped trash into whimsical recycled sculptures, encouraging their community to rethink their conceptions about waste.

Assembly Required: The Transformative Art of Noah Purifoy

Noah Purifoy spent the final years of his life in Joshua Tree creating the monumental "Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture" made from tons of discarded materials.

About the Author

Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.
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