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
Colectivo Martes: Home and Horizontality
Colectivo Martes produces work and organizes exhibitions calling attention to issues affecting women that are largely absent from the cultural discourse in Mexico.
From Baja to Beijing: TJ in China's Intercontinental Connection
TJ in China Project Space connects Baja artists looking to become more connected with the international art world limelight.
Pink Helmet Posse: Future Skater Stars
The Orange County/San Diego-based, all-girl skate crew Pink Helmet Posse wants to change the way girls are treated in skateboarding.
Body of Work: David Adey's Ambitous Experiments
Body of Work: David Adey's Ambitous Experiments
David Adey is the type of artist whose complex ideas and concepts are often too time-consuming or expensive for him to actually bring to life -- but for his big solo show next year, Adey is going bigger and more complex than he's ever gone before.
Tracy Lee Nelson: Skate Rat with a Rez Kid Heart
Tracy Lee Nelson: Skate Rat with a Rez Kid Heart
Tracy Lee Nelson is a skateboard artist, combining form and function in skateboard design that resonates with Indian themes.
Ñongos: A Document of the Tijuana River's Improvised Housing Community
Ñongos: A Document of the Tijuana River's Improvised Housing Community
Ana Andrade is one of a handful of new-generation Tijuana artists involved in artistic practices desiring to produce social change.
Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall
Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall
Artists, art historians, and students gathered to draw the most southwestern edge of the U.S./Mexico border as part of a continued investigation by Incendiary Traces.
It's a Drone!
It's a Drone!
In downtown San Diego, a series of recycled and modified steel containers create a temporary structure where art and public culture is presented, produced and embodied. Military drones become muses for local artists.
Artbound 2012: Best of San Diego County
Artbound 2012: Best of San Diego County
We selected the best articles and videos of 2012 from San Diego County.
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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

Literature

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

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

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

icon, Music discipline

Music

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

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

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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