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Artbound Season Two, Episode Two

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"Artbound's" second episode brings one-of-a-kind arts and culture stories that celebrate the creative spirit of Southern California. Culled from "Artbound" articles selected by our audience, these documentary segments include:

Shizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando is a visual artist whose work explores a punk rock Chicano/a subculture in Los Angeles. She photographs her subjects in their natural environments, such as backyard parties in East L.A., then paints those works on various surfaces: tablecloths, wood, skin (as tattoos).

Domestic Affairs

Artist Nery Gabriel Lemus draws inspiration from his experiences as a social worker, creating art that comments on race, gender, and domestic abuse.

Melrose Graffiti

"Artbound" hits the streets of Melrose to uncover the history of L.A.'s street art culture that exploded in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It features the main players in the scene such as Mear One, Axis, Dytch, Lynk, and Rakka of Dilated Peoples.


Based on a column by Misael Diaz, this video maps the pasajes ("passages") of Tijuana, alleys crowded with small craft vendors, and a burgeoning arts scene that's revitalizing the city.

Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: The Bedrock Sessions I See Hawks in L.A.

Old sheet music housed in the LAPL's collection was mined for songs specific to the city. These songs were then given to several contemporary bands to interpret, arrange, and record. This installment features L.A. folk-country band I See Hawks in L.A.