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.
UGLARworks: Explorers of Los Angeles
UGLARworks: Explorers of Los Angeles
Art collective UGLARworks takes an almost anthropological approach to Los Angeles and share their findings with an audience that extends far beyond the county line.
The Mystical Mindscapes of Hung Viet Nguyen
The Mystical Mindscapes of Hung Viet Nguyen
Hung Viet Nguyen transitioned from a career as a biologist to one as an artist. He has maintained a keen interest in the way living creatures live, procreate, interact and die.
Emilie Halpern's Phosphorescent Rock Art
Emilie Halpern's Phosphorescent Rock Art
How do you turn rocks into art? Influenced by Japanese rock gardens, Emilie Halpern creates installations of phosphorescent rock art.
Poster Artist Robbie Conal's Nelson Mandela Memorials
Poster Artist Robbie Conal's Nelson Mandela Memorials
Artist Robbie Conal paid a poetic public tribute to Nelson Mandela in the form of portraits of Mandela that sprang up across Los Angeles.
Joe Biel: Drawing Vast Negative Spaces
Joe Biel: Drawing Vast Negative Spaces
L.A.-based artist Joe Biel will create a 45-foot mural, "Sentry," at the Culver Center of the Arts as part of his first solo exhibition in Southern California in several years.
Avi Roth and Downtown L.A.'s Coffee Counter-Culture
Avi Roth and Downtown L.A.'s Coffee Counter-Culture
Coffee culture has bled into many aspects of Downtown L.A. life, including the fine art scene.
Brian C. Moss' Pictorial Messaging for the Future
Brian C. Moss' Pictorial Messaging for the Future
Brian C. Moss' "Gas Giants and Black Seas, Sharp Shooters and Solar Wind," interrelates family history and scientific discoveries.
Skeith de Wine and the Uncertain Future of the Leonardo Da Vinci Institute
Skeith de Wine and the Uncertain Future of the Leonardo Da Vinci Institute
Artist Skeith de Wine looks at the contemporary world and asks, "What would Da Vinci do?"
Paul Pescador and the Dark Side of Intimacy
Paul Pescador and the Dark Side of Intimacy
Paul Pescador's art wants to get familiar with you. His work keep viewers at an emotional and physical distance, creating a constant yearning for consistency.
Post It: Giant Robot's Egalitarian Art Exhibition
Post It: Giant Robot's Egalitarian Art Exhibition
At the gallery Giant Robot 2, "Post It" has become something of an L.A. tradition, an egalitarian exhibition, not just for the artists, but for the patrons.
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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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