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Artbound 2012: Best of San Bernardino County

Jumbo Rocks  in Joshua Tree.jpg

Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three 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 all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

House of the Moon

Sunset | Photo: Rubén Martínez.

Rubén Martínez tells the origin story of the thriving Joshua Tree art colony--profiling desert artist pioneers Fred Drake and Ted Quinn. The first installment of an excerpt from Martínez's new book, DESERT AMERICA.

Stupid Tuesday at the Saloony Bin

Joshua Tree Saloon.

Regulars at the Joshua Tree Saloon in San Bernardino County include the odd combination of old bikers, faded rock stars, Silverlake hipsters, Marines, and, of course, cowboys.

High Desert Research Outposts: The Joshua Tree Artist Residency Experience

A sign directing visitors to BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree. | Photo: Kim Stringfellow

Kim Stringfellow examines the plethora of artist residency programs that have sprung up in and around the Morongo Basin.

Resurrection Machines of Ancient Egypt in San Bernardino and of Ancient Cinema in Hollywood

Set of Four Canopic Jars for Ankh-Payee-Heri, limestone, Egypt, 1085-715 B.C. RAFFMA, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at CSUSB. Permanent Egyptian Collection. | Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB.

Tyler Stallings explores the remnants and culture of ancient Egypt at CSUSB's Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art and the influence of Egyptomania in Los Angeles.

Sun Records: Hackstronomists Make Art From Solar Sound

Photo: Caroline Ryder.

Artists Mark Farina and Matthew Horne converted a radio telescope to absorb the sun's rays, transforming the waves into audible sounds, high-pitched blips to Yoko-esque wails to white noise like the ocean. It's sun music for desert lands.

Weekly Video Vote Winners from San Bernardino 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.

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Top Image: Jumbo Rocks at Joshua Tree National Park. | Photo: Andrew Seles/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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