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Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations

When artist Hiromi Takizawa proposed a site-specific installation for the Culver Center of the Arts at UCR ARTSblock, she not only took in consideration the building's storefront window and its raw characteristics but also the distinct time of the year when the early autumn climate dictates the mood and appearance of the entire city block. The end product is a project called "ULTRAVIOLET," an installation that observes the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.

Takizawa's work explores her Japanese heritage that merges into her encounters with the nuances and oddities living in the West. She intermingles these dualities into a dialog using light as the impetus for her work. She continues her fascination with temporal duality by connecting neon as material and subject into two separate environments controlled in one space where the viewer is invited to experience the work inside and outside of the building. As a result, "ULTRAVIOLET" operates as part sculpture and part installation instilling the aesthetic of the 1960s minimalist light and space movement.

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The State of Creativity

An Artbound special episode on the Otis Report on the Creative Economy: Using key data from the newest issue of the report, the documentary explores the vibrant network of creativity in Southern California, examining how creative businesses are investing in community building and driving economic activity in Boyle Heights; the network of industries involved in the denim manufacturing of boutique denim firm Buck Mason; the underlying educational network and issues of access to arts education at Inner-City Arts; the triangulation between artist, gallerist, and major museum as seen in the

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Artbound's one-hour special looks at Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley, silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. Silver mined from the Owens Valley was shipped to Rochester, New York, where it was used to make film. That film was then shipped back to Hollywood where films where made -- often shot on locations where the silver itself was from.

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How Sweet The Sound: Gospel In Los Angeles

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The Watts Towers Arts Center

The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades. This episode features the work of artists including Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, Charles White and Mark Steven Greenfield.

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