San Diego
Like much of Southern California, San Diego County embodies the social, political and artistic extremes of the region. San Diego is a military area, a border town, a retirement community, an occupied territory and a vacation destination all in one. These sub-cultures produce and provide distinct ecosytems for the area’s residents, generating narratives that often contradict and collide with each other. The art community has responded to these contradictions for generations, ignoring them in some case as an act of political defiance, and in others, embracing them in their totality. The area’s physical and imaginary line has become a laboratory for experimentation as artists explore the militarized territory of the border.
Highlights
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Photographer Stefan Falke's "La Frontera" humanizes the Mexico/U.S. border through his portraitures of artists working in border cities.
El Otro Lado de Luis G. Hernández
Luis G. Hernández's informed techniques aim to pull the spectator in for a more intimate discourse on identity, politics, and aesthetics.
Bajalta California
Michel Dear traces the evolution of the space between Mexico and the United States, a "third nation" with a shared identity, common history, and joint traditions.
Around the Counties: Traversing San Diego County and Tijuana with Misael Diaz
Around the Counties: Traversing San Diego County and Tijuana with Misael Diaz
Columnist Misael Diaz talks arts and culture in San Diego County and Tijuana.
Tijuana's Piggy-Banks: Border Pop-Kitsch
Tijuana's Piggy-Banks: Border Pop-Kitsch
In order to compete with Chinese and American knock-off imports, alcancias, one of the only artisan products still produced in Tijuana, have taken on a unique pop-kitsch aesthetic that speaks volumes about cultural hybridity at the border.
Broken Mirrors: Robert Freeman's Jagged Interiors
Broken Mirrors: Robert Freeman's Jagged Interiors
Robert Freeman's art is a broken mirror reflecting both his idiosyncratic vision of the universe and his jagged interiors. In the Indian art world, he's big time.
Postcards from Tijuana: Birth of Ruidosón, Mariá y José's Chillwave Cumbia
Postcards from Tijuana: Birth of Ruidosón, Mariá y José's Chillwave Cumbia
Amidst bodies dissolving in acid, beheadings, and mid-day shootouts, Tony Gallardo's orchestrations that meld tropical inflections, pop hooks and treble-heavy techno, rumble above the violence in Tijuana.
Jeans Wilder's Hazy Beach Bummery + 'Totally' Album Preview
Jeans Wilder's Hazy Beach Bummery + 'Totally' Album Preview
Jeans Wilder makes hazy, swaying rock, soaked in shadows and sunshine. Listen to his warped "Wall of Sound" style on his new album "Totally," streaming in its entirety on Artbound.
From the Rez: James Luna's Hybridized Indian Performance Art
From the Rez: James Luna's Hybridized Indian Performance Art
James Luna, a Luiseño from the La Jolla Indian Reservation in north San Diego County, is a performance artist specializing in the unexpected. He considers it his mission to challenge boundaries.
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Community Arts

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

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