"Artbound" explores the arts and culture of Southern and Central California through articles, essays, and think pieces by more than 50 contributors in 11 counties. These correspondents cover cultural happenings in the communities where they live, providing an inside look at art and culture across the region. "Artbound" is participatory journalism at its best.

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American Purgatory

Artbound explores the paintings of Marc Trujillo who brings the techniques of the Dutch Masters to the subject of commercial architecture and fast-food in Southern California; Kim Stringfellow’ s Mojave Project discovering the eclectic desert communities of the Mojave Desert; Dave Lefner’s colored wood block prints of neon signs in Los Angeles; and the subculture of Brazilian cholos who emulate lowrider culture from East Los Angeles. Also featuring a performance by Nick Waterhouse.

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Fallujah: Art, Healing, and PTSD

USMC Sergeant Christian Ellis was a machine gunner in Iraq, whose platoon was ambushed, leaving him with a broken back and only one of a few survivors. Ellis returned home to join millions of Americans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellis inspired the first opera about the Iraq war with a score composed by Tobin Stokes, a libretto by Iraqi-American Heather Raffo, and produced by the Long Beach Opera. This documentary explores how the experience of war is transformed into a work of art.

  • 2017-05-29T09:00:00-07:00
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Borderlands

Artbound explores arts along the U.S.-Mexico border. Featuring Mexicali Rose, an artist organization in Mexicali, where locals are encouraged to create art to galvanize community involvement; Drones as art, where multiple projects re-appropriating military drones play with the idea of surveillance and mobility; Paul Turounet’s photographs of undocumented border-crossers printed on galvanized metal; Tijuana’s vibrant reemergent gallery scene; and Manuel Paul Lopez’s animated poem 1984. Also featuring a musical performance by Rodrigo Amarante.

 

The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto

A new framework for black diasporic art production is taking shape in contemporary Los Angeles. The season seven premiere of "Artbound" explores "Mundane Afrofuturism," an hour-long special that proposes a new theory of the black aesthetic of the 21st century. Created in collaboration with the award winning creative studio Ways and Means, along with artist and filmmaker Martine Syms, the episode explores the tension between conventional, segregated channels of media distribution and the black imagination.

Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser

Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser is a new made-for-TV opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte. Vireo tears down the set limitations of a staged opera, transporting the viewer to locations across the country, including Alcatraz Island, a monastery on the Hudson River, a studio in Downtown LA, an abandoned train station in Oakland, and the California Redwoods.

MOCA - The Art of Our Time

Artbound collaborates with the Museum of Contemporary Art to feature videos from their channel MOCAtv. The series showcases exhibitions, historical segments, artist documentaries, and original video art pieces created in collaboration with artists, musicians and fashion designers. The episode also features interviews with Museum Director Philippe Vergne, and leading curators.

Art and Protest

"Artbound" explores art created amidst social upheaval, including the life and work of Noah Purifoy whose practice was radically transformed by the Watts Riots; the emergence of Chicano printmaking in response to the Chicano Moratorium; Andrea Bower and Noe Gaytan whose work engages with the contemporary struggle for raising the minimum wage and unionization of adjuncts in higher education; and Michael Maltzan's design of Star Apartments which addresses the issue of homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles.