Since Artbound's launch in May 2012, we've published 195 articles about Los Angeles County, delving into the creative spirit that drives this sprawling megalopolis. We've met an inspiring group of creatives from all corners of this expansive city. There was Gil Scott-Herron's daughter, Gia who keeps her family's fire burning, nail artists who make fingertips into tiny sculptures, and Ken Price, whose amorphous blobs where featured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We listened to the mix-tape of producer Boom Bip and Charlie White, a photographer who documents the adolescent girls in "driving distance from Santa Monica"; we examined how the aeronautics industry influenced art in our region; and we contemplated the representation of Koreatown in the unwavering eye of (hyper) reality television. This year, Los Angeles became a place of conflict and civil disobedience, as the financial crisis led to artists who fought against the system, like Alex Schaefer, who paints burning banks, or Olga Koumoundouros, who occupied a foreclosed home with artwork. It's cliche to call Los Angeles a city of dreamers, but it is magnetic north for those who align their compasses to a nexus of inspiration-addicts and compulsive creators. Los Angeles is a swirling universe, with myriad cultural constellations populated with distinct worlds and microcosms, never spinning out of control, but freely moving around a singular core: imagination.
Today Artbound looks back at our year here in Los Angeles and presents some of our most read articles. Enjoy!
Artist RISK has created a vibrant mural called "Ye Sun" on a wall facing L.A.'s Skid Row to bring art to this blighted corner of downtown.
Barbara A. Thomason spent five years depicting the freeways, rivers, restaurants, street signs, buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes that are familiar and dear to the people who call L.A. home.
The Source Family was led by a bearded visionary called Father Yod in Nichols Canyon alongside around 140 other family members, living by "Aquarian" principles of love, whole foods, Eastern and Western spiritual teachings, and rock 'n' roll.
Gala Porras-Kim's exhibition "Prospecting Notes About Sounds" researches Zapotec culture, its tonal language, and the variations of dialects contained within Oaxaca.
Weekly Video Vote Winners from Los Angeles County
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.
- An Origami Moment: Mathematics Meets Paper Folding in Los Angeles
- Notorious Possession: Occupying Foreclosed Homes With Art
- Craft Happening: Tanya Aguiñiga vs. the Beverly Hills Police
- A Conversation on Transnational Identity and the Subtleties of Being Seen
- The Worker's Rug: Fine Art From Day Labor
- The Quixotic Videos of Steve Roden
- California Hot Tubbing: An Oral History of the Steam Egg
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