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.
Van Saro: Life and Art on the Streets
Van Saro: Life and Art on the Streets
Canandian-born artist Van Saro's L.A. street art illustrate a deep struggle for survival by reaching into the darkest corners of the political landscape.
Jim Mahfood: Frenetic Illustrations and Cosmic Comic Books
Jim Mahfood: Frenetic Illustrations and Cosmic Comic Books
Jim Mahfood (a.k.a. Food One) is a busy guy, working non-stop -- in illustration, comics, murals, painting, photography, music, and animation.
Crossing 'Thresholds': Contemporary Art on the Central Coast
Crossing 'Thresholds': Contemporary Art on the Central Coast
This month, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art opens its doors to four young dynamic artists determined to foster a dialogue about contemporary art on the Central Coast.
Trang T. Lê's Unraveling Emotional Threads
Trang T. Lê's Unraveling Emotional Threads
Artist, Trang T. Lê paints her way through her pain, using a meticulous, repetitive approach to heal her wounds.
Amy Myers' Monumental Drawings
Amy Myers' Monumental Drawings
Artist Amy Myers creates abstract forms that reference simultaneously the movements of subatomic particles, trajectories of cosmic events, mandalas for mediation, and female sexual physiognomy in her new exhibition.
Valerie P. Cohen's Summer Watercolor Journal: Mono Craters and June Lake
Valerie P. Cohen's Summer Watercolor Journal: Mono Craters and June Lake
Excerpts from a summer journal in the Eastern Sierras, featuring the watercolors of Valerie P. Cohen.
Graffiti Row: Outsider Rock Formations in the Imperial Desert
Graffiti Row: Outsider Rock Formations in the Imperial Desert
Graffiti Row is an approximately 2 mile stretch of outsider art creations in Imperial Valley, comprised of covert, man-made rock formations depicting anything from animals to names.
Gary Baseman and Me: Critique, Correspondence, and Collaboration in the Art World
Gary Baseman and Me: Critique, Correspondence, and Collaboration in the Art World
Gary Baseman creates a parallel universe of stylized landscapes populated by gently feral creatures and doe-eyed maidens.
The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
"Abhorrence and Obsession" celebrates the surreal and fantastical worlds of special effects artist Gabe Bartalos.
Reza Sepahdari's Prayers for Peace
Reza Sepahdari's Prayers for Peace
Iranian-born Reza Sepahdari makes art in Temecula's wine country. He believes in the role of the artist as a messenger of peace.
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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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