April Greiman’s largest work, a public mural called “Hand Holding a Bowl of Rice,” can be seen at the Wilshire Vermont Metro Station in Los Angeles. (image via Wikimedia Commons)
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on the history of graphic design and social activism in California, with a focus on Los Angeles, published in partnership with KCET Artbound.
For good or ill, California is always a barometer of our collective future: a mashup of global cultures, a cradle of new technologies, the gathering place of political storms and social movements and a harbinger of climate change’s impacts. It’s the state where cults are founded, stars are born, and limits are tested.
Like the émigrés who fled the dusty air and outdated ideas of the East Coast and Europe for the clean air and sunshine of California, artists and designers in the state found their voices by breaking from modernist traditions and embracing the light, color, and playful attitude of the West Coast.