Dave Barton

Dave Barton

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 and queer performance artist Monica Palacios.

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  • 3 days ago | Art

    In John Logan's play Red, two artists talk about the titular color, sharing their very opposing views on what it represents. As the younger, more naive artist talks about wine, lipstick, beets, tulips and peppers, the other shuts him down with two...

  • 16 days ago | Culture

    Luis Ernesto Zavala's insightful short film, accompanying the Museum of Latin American Art's equally solid solo exhibition, "Victor Hugo Zayas: The River Paintings," presents Zayas casually walking through the shallow water of the Los Angeles Rive...

  • 1 month ago | Art

    Editor's note: This is just one of a couple of our reviews of Birk's show.  A month ago, I had breakfast with a local artist who had seen "Sandow Birk: American Qur'an" at the Orange County Museum of Art. When I asked him his thoughts, his an...

  • 2 months ago | Art Review

    If you read me with any regularity, you know that I want ideas when I walk away from a gallery. I admire a beautiful image, but I'm a sucker for the subversive political narrative: Give me a reflection of the world outside the canvas. If I don't b...

  • 2 months ago | Art Review

    Exhibited in the back of the Marcas Gallery like some rowdy Id hidden from view is San Clemente artist Michael Page's exhibition "Into the Void." An uneasy blend of the carnal and the bloodthirsty, it represents the journey from birth to death wit...

  • 3 months ago

    I've just finished getting in an argument with a friend on Facebook about Syrian refugees. He's not good at it, has a tendency to shut down and wave his hand dismissively. I have a tendency to repeat my argument ad nauseam until it becomes badgeri...


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