Visual Arts
From the urban typography of street graffiti to the Pop art provocations, California’s visual arts are as diverse as its population. Here, fine art meets multicultural folk traditions; digital design meets old world craftsmanship; and international styles merge with uniquely American ideas. It was here, after all, that oil painters captured idyllic images of the new American West in the 1890’s and the Culture Wars of the 1990’s made canvases and gallery walls into battlefields. Performance art considers the human body as a corporeal sculpture, canvas or a warzone, where ideas and ideals interact in the fles. Breaking from the European and New York old guard of art, California’s spirit of reinvention and exploration defines this state on the forever on the frontier.
Erik Olson: Playing with Light
Erik Olson: Playing with Light
Erik Olson has a lifelong fascination with light play. His photos explore a subtle dance -- dawn peaking through a curtain of orchids, light bouncing off of chrome furniture, panes of glass reflecting a cloudy sky.
Veteranas and Rucas: Documenting 1990s Chicano Youth Culture
Veteranas and Rucas: Documenting 1990s Chicano Youth Culture
The Veteranas and Rucas Instagram feed flashes back to the Chicano underground scene of the 1990s.
Sweater Weather: Lisa Anne Auerbach's Political Textiles
Sweater Weather: Lisa Anne Auerbach's Political Textiles
Lisa Anne Auerbach's knitted sweaters don't just keep the body warm. Her wearable art addresses identity, politics and religion.
The Art and Philosophy of Harry B. Chandler
The Art and Philosophy of Harry B. Chandler
Harry Brant Chandler's love of art began at an early age. At 62, he has been thriving for the last decade as a painter, photographer, sculptor and digital artist.
Robin Bright: The Exquisite Elegance of Minimalist Objects
Robin Bright: The Exquisite Elegance of Minimalist Objects
Robin Bright has long been making pieces for the wall that aren't quite paintings, but not quite full-blown sculptures either. In February, a retrospective at the Oceanside Museum of Art will showcase the 81-year-old artist's body of work.
Being a Thing: Charles Long's Non-anthropocentric Sculptures
Being a Thing: Charles Long's Non-anthropocentric Sculptures
Charles Long's engaging sculptures often require the viewer to feel, smell, and plug-in to get a full experience. His most recent project -- artwork that realistically emulates human flesh -- takes inspiration from rock musicians that shaped his understanding of the world.
Kaoru Mansour: Offerings of Nature, Art and Spirit
Kaoru Mansour: Offerings of Nature, Art and Spirit
The ornate collage paintings of Kaoru Mansour depict trees laden with fruit and birds perched on branches. The artist explores both the lavish offerings we receive from nature and the food we offer to the spirit world.
Best of 2015: Visual Art
Best of 2015: Visual Art
From the moment we awake, we consume image after image in our media-driven society. Today, join us in looking back at 2015's most popular articles about the visual arts.
Before Banksy, Painter Jeff Gillette's 'Dismayland' Took on Disney
Before Banksy, Painter Jeff Gillette's 'Dismayland' Took on Disney
In Jeff Gillette's paintings, post-apocalyptic wastelands include Disney's popular characters and structures.
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik: Classic Comix and the Art of Modern Judaism
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik: Classic Comix and the Art of Modern Judaism
Biblical characters and comic book heroes meet in the layered papercut artworks of Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik.
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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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