Dave Barton has written for the OC Weekly for over twenty years, the last eight as their lead art critic. He has interviewed artists from punk rock photographer Edward Colver to monologist Mike Daisey, playwright Joe Penhall to culture jammer Ron English.
8 days ago | Art
Kim Kei has a Dr. Frankenstein approach to creating her art. Whether rescuing it out of the gutter or creating it in her studio, she manipulates otherwise forgettable detritus with fabric and paint, molding it with wax and glue and fibrous materia...
29 days ago | Art
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art's (OCCCA) exhibition "Art As Protest" is less about art than it is about politics. Little of the work is incisive enough to bring us to a new understanding of our place in any organized movement, with even...
1 month ago | Longform
"Don't drink the water." "Everything stinks like piss." "It's filthy." "Drug dealers!" "You'll get mugged." "Don't eat the food." These are all responses I got to a Facebook post asking for suggestions for my first trip to Tijuana, Mexico. None of...
1 month ago | Theater
Editor's note: Our award-winning theater and arts critics, Joel Beers and Dave Barton, have never had a co-byline . . . until now. More, I say! ("More arts pages!" they reply.) ART Like new work? Need more art by women? Want some provocation? Look...
1 month ago | Art
The group show "Crossing Boundaries" is the first of three planned Year of Women In the Arts exhibitions at Huntington Beach Art Center. Encompassing basket weaving, painting, installation, mixed media and conceptual art, the work falls mainly int...
2 months ago | Art
There isn't one person in artist William Wray's urban landscape solo show at Sue Greenwood Fine Art. It seems appropriate, the artist giving more attention to the skyscrapers, trailer parks, houses and cityscapes; by focusing on the buildings, he'...