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Janet Owen Driggs

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Janet Owen Driggs is a writer, artist and curator who, along with Matthew Owen Driggs, frequently participates in the collective identity "Owen Driggs." Her interests focus on those physical sites where one meets the other, which may be a public street, a garden that buffers public sidewalk and private interior, or the skin that holds "?me' in and mediates between "?us.'

Janet's work has been exhibited internationally, including in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Brazil. She has curated exhibitions and screening programs in the United Kingdom, United States, People's Republic of China and Mexico. As part of Owen Driggs (with Matthew Driggs), she curated Performing Public Space at Tijuana's Casa del Tunel (February 2010), and generated "Mapping Biointimacy," a series of workshops, conversations, and a combined mobile "?phone app/guided walk at Montalvo Art Center and the ZERO 1 Garage (2013).

In addition to writing for KCET's Artbound, Janet is a co-author of "Preserving a Home for Veterans" (w. Lauren Bon, Richard Fox, Terence Lyons), Les Figues Press, Los Angeles, 2011; and "Something More Than Just Survival" (w. Jules Rochelle), Probiscis, London, 2011. She is editor of "Not A Cornfield: History/Site/Document," published by the Annenberg Foundation in 2006. Other texts have been published in Artillery, ArtUS, and Art Review, and included in How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, Verlag F'Ur Moderne Kunst, 2010; Hammer Projects 1999-2009, Hammer Museum, 2009; and Heike Baranowski "? Kolibri, Revolver, 2003.

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Mark Pinto, "Small Arms"
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Artbound

A Different 1%: Veteran Artists and the Ghosts of War

How can a veteran readjust to civilian life? Art helps for many. Not only because it can be a tool of self-expression and self-discovery, but also because it provides a conduit by which to share with other veterans and with civilians.
Critical Resistance postcard by Melanie Cervantes
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Artbound

California Dreaming and the Radical Imagination

Although the phrase “radical imagination” is only now becoming common, the power it describes is hardly new.
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Artbound

Will Art School Adjuncts Unionize?

Adjunct educators up and down the West Coast and across the nation are self-organizing with aims to reform the education system.
Kenneth Anger, The single firework that appears in "Fireworks," 1947. | Photo: gif by jadams77, Photobucket.
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Artbound

The Fine Art of Fireworks

Long live the spectacle. For the Fourth of July, Artbound profiles Southern California artists who like to blow stuff up.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775 - 1851), "Peace -- Burial at Sea," exhibited 1842. Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 x 34 1/8 in. Courtesy of Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photo © Tate, London 2014.
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Artbound

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.
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Artbound

Hidden In Plain Site: Art About Human Trafficking

"Hidden in Plain Site: Creative Referendums to Human Trafficking" is a community-based art project addressing human trafficking. It doesn't battle the slavers head on, but suggests on-the-ground actions for non-action heroes.
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Artbound

Chats About Change: Changing the Terms of Engagement

"Chats About Change" questions and reflects on people's relationship to the land as a colonized space.
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Artbound

Uncertain Intimacy: Sue Coe's AIDS Portfolio at Pomona Art Museum

Sue Coe's AIDS portfolio, on display at the Pomona College Museum of Art, portrays AIDS patients and their hospital environment, offering an intimate look at the AIDS crisis.
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Artbound

On the Boardwalk: Jeanne van Heeswijk's Public Faculty 8

Jeanne van Heeswijk's work engages places where market-driven "regeneration" is displacing resident populations, focusing on the gentrification of Hollywood.
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Artbound

Cataclysmically Feminist: The Second Wave in California

Groundbreaking programs and institutions supported Feminism's Second Wave in the 1970s against a calculated system of prejudice and its patriarchal mythologies.
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