Artbound explores the arts and culture of Southern California through articles, essays, and thinkpieces by more than 30 contributors in 11 counties. These correspondents cover cultural happenings in the communities where they live, providing an inside look at art across the region. Then the Artbound audience votes online for an article to be made into a short online video. Those videos are then assembled into a broadcast television show. Experience a few of Artbound’s mini-documentaries below:
Artist Shizu Saldamando is a visual artist whose work explores a punk rock, Chicano/a subculture in Los Angeles. Her work begins by photographing her subjects in their natural environments such as backyard parties in East LA, then she paints those works on various surfaces: tablecloths, wood, skin (as tattoos).
Artist Nery Gabriel Lemus draws inspiration from his experiences as a social worker, creating art that comments on race, gender, and domestic abuse.
Artbound hits the streets of Melrose to uncover the history of LA’s street art culture that exploded in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Featuring the main players in the scene such as MEAR ONE, AXIS, DYTCH, LYNK, RAKKA of Dilated Peoples.
Based on a column by Misael Diaz, this video maps the pasajes (“passages”) of Tijuana, alleys housing small craft vendors and a burgeoning arts scene that is revitalizing the city.
A project by the Library Foundation based on Josh Kun’s book “Songs in the Key of Los Angeles,” 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.
Aired May 30, 2013