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.
Chicano-Con Is San Diego's Latino-Focused Comic-Con
Comic-Con, the massive geek gathering, has separated itself from the residents of surrounding neighborhoods like Barrio Logan. With Chicano-Con, David Favela and his friends worked to create their own convention -- one that encompassed the rich Mexican/Chicano arts and culture found in their community.
Marianela de la Hoz: Disquieting Scenes of Haunting Beauty
San Diego-area figure painter Marianela de la Hoz's work has Mexican and Catholic roots with ruminations on pain and pleasure, depravity and mystery.
LA/LA Place + Practice: Local Sitings of Latin America
The LA/LA Place + Practice symposium at the San Diego Museum of Art and at the Getty Museum brought together Tijuana and L.A. activists, artists, curators, and scholars.
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.
Perfect Documents: Mexican Pop Groups & High Society at the Border
Perfect Documents: Mexican Pop Groups & High Society at the Border
Photographer and Tijuana native Yvvone Venegas captures the tension between the authentic and the artificial that exists in places whose primary function is to entertain, mesmerize, and titillate - places like Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Tijuana.
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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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