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Artbound 2012: Best of Santa Barbara County

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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!




Of Love, Surfboards, and Callused Hands: The Art of Function and Flow as Interpreted by Ryan Lovelace

Photo: Morgan Maassen, Courtesy of Ryan Lovelace.

Surfing has become a monstrous, mega-million dollar international business, but at the center of it all, there is a dance. Ryan Lovelace hand-builds surfboards, working with reverence to preserve and protect the power of the dance no matter the cost.



Live from the Piano Kitchen

Photo: Michael Bernard.

By day, one can hear the sounds of pianos being fixed and practiced in Jim Connolly's piano repair shop and studio space in Santa Barbara. But at night, the space erupts with live entertainment.



The Weird and Wonderful World of the Adler Brothers

Image: Will Adler.

A duo of artists, the Adler Brothers hustle to make ends meet in the underground, but also hang increasingly often in the upper echelons of international fine art.



Unexpected Bliss: A Pop-Up Show Explodes to Life in Santa Barbara

Interactive sculpture by Alan Macy. | Photo: Shaun Robinson

"Standard Deviation" is a pop-up show organized by a bunch of mildly mad creative-types to commandeer a massive retail space front and center on Santa Barbara's main drag in the middle of the city's busiest tourist week of the year.



From Wall Street to Salvation: Chris Potter's Painting Marathon

'Courthouse at Night.' | Courtesy: Chris Potter

Know anyone who traded a high finance job for plein air painting? Probably not. But in Santa Barbara, one man did just that. Chris Potter is an everyday painter who paints every day.




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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

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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