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.
Wielding The Sword and Skull: The Art of Vernon Courtlandt Johnson
Wielding The Sword and Skull: The Art of Vernon Courtlandt Johnson
Vernon Courtlandt Johnson's drawings of skulls and dragons epitomize skateboarding subculture's particular mix of athletics, aesthetics and attitude.
Strokes of Genius and Gratitude: The Calligraphy of Souun Takeda
Strokes of Genius and Gratitude: The Calligraphy of Souun Takeda
Souun Takeda's calligraphy has a uniquely intense emotion that energizes his work; his eager strokes laden with ink often drip down the fragile, washi paper.
Shifting Time in the Art of Chih-Chien Chen
Shifting Time in the Art of Chih-Chien Chen
Taiwanese artist Chih-Chien Chen created a series of conceptual artworks in video, drawing, and sculpture for his debut exhibition in Los Angeles. In this show, Chen attempts to recreate the life cycles of plants.
Ryan Hester: PHREEdom and Frenzy
Ryan Hester: PHREEdom and Frenzy
Through a vibrant fusion of loose painterly expressionism and charged icons, Ryan Hester's art works reiterate the heaving breath of racial and social angst in American culture and the violence that so often accompanies it.
The Whimsy of Wood: The Pyrography of Suzanne Walsh
The Whimsy of Wood: The Pyrography of Suzanne Walsh
Pyrography plays a primary role in the practice of Suzanne Walsh. The Orange County-based artist uses fire to portray animal life, and the parallels between humans and animals.
Double Portraits: Kate Moldauer's Paintings of Lesbian Couples
Double Portraits: Kate Moldauer's Paintings of Lesbian Couples
Painter Kate Moldauer has launched a series to tell the stories of lesbian families from across the United States.
F. Scott Hess: Art and Autobiography
F. Scott Hess: Art and Autobiography
A new documentary film explores the story behind the making of contemporary painting master F. Scott Hess's most ambitious exhibition -- an interpretive reconstruction of his own family ancestry based on the true and false events that shaped American history.
Dreaming of the Real: Observing Artist Scott Marvel Cassidy
Dreaming of the Real: Observing Artist Scott Marvel Cassidy
Scott Marvel Cassidy takes the real, creates a replica of it, and then paints that. In the process, the real becomes fake becomes representation becomes an object in the artist's imagination.
Surfing for Awesome: The Spirit of J.M.W. Turner In California
Surfing for Awesome: The Spirit of J.M.W. Turner In California
English Romanticist painter William Turner didn't surf, but he did make hundreds of visual art works from the shore that resonate with Southern California artists.
Marianela de la Hoz: Disquieting Scenes of Haunting Beauty
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.
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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.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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