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.
11 days ago | Art
I can't imagine a better series of images to open Huntington Beach Art Center's "Memento Mori: Skulls & Bones In Art" exhibit than Peter Zokosky's triptych Reveal. The oil-on-panel paintings are done in a lush Romantic style: a woman sits in t...
19 days ago | Art
Curator Jamie Brooks has gathered together five of LA's best figurative artists in "Future Recollections," one of those rare gallery shows in which the artists—who have nothing in common stylistically, aside from the fact that they paint portraits...
Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery Hosts Women-Centric Exhibit That's Patronizing When It's Not Boring1 month ago | Art
The title of Guggenheim Gallery's exhibition "My Skin Is My Krustle (Pink Marble)" pays homage to the toughness of women, equating rock with soft flesh (I think, since I couldn't find the word krustle online anywhere but as a misspelled derivation...
Graffiti began as a way for young people to leave their mark on dilapidated buildings and worn-out subway cars, a futile attempt to beautify their ugly surroundings that has now been completely absorbed into the mainstream. Artists Republic Galler...
Art created from found objects always triggers something childlike in me: A long stick becomes a rifle, old newspaper transforms into an airplane, a blanket and some clothespins are a fortress. The limitations of the material available force imagi...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went through something of a public sea change after the debut of the 2010 film The Social Network. While heavily fictionalized, the movie portrayed him as a misogynistic, greedy, back-stabbing, black-hearted pig. Begin...