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.
7 days ago | Longform
Jeff Garvin turned in the manuscript for his second novel recently. Now he's going through the inevitable aftermath of a sustained burst of creative energy: He's elated and depressed. Pressing through that means keeping busy. He already has ideas ...
29 days ago | Art
Art critic and Coagula Curatorial gallerist Mat Gleason's web series, Modern Art Blitz, is an intentionally lo-fi, insightful series of artist interviews, shot on a couch in front of a green screen. As a host, Gleason is friendly and frenetic, his...
I'm sitting opposite two members of Freewaves, a media-arts organization that's doing a performative piece about the latest iterations of feminist and gender theory in their project, DIS . . . MISS. The post cards laid out on the table between us ...
Orange County Museum of Art's "Forms of Identity: Women Artists In the 90s" is composed of 18 sculptures, paintings, installations and photographs from the institution's permanent collection, several of them new donations. It's a small show, releg...
Anyone doubting the disconnect between mind and body need only watch an interview with one of the millions of people on the Affordable Care Act who voted against their best interests by blissfully electing someone who made public statements about ...
3 months ago | Art
This year has been rough on women. Abortion rights continue to be stymied by the GOP. Rapists get their sentences reduced because male judges feel sorry for them. The first female Democratic nominee for president of the United States is hounded an...