For the first few minutes after I walked into "Centered on the Center," the new show at the Huntington Beach Art Center, I thought it was a pathetic mess. The Center has a well-earned rep for being eclectic and fun and edgy, but a lot of this stuff was just plain bad. There were paintings that for all the world looked like cries for help—the scribblings some metalhead would make on the endpapers of his textbooks during homeroom. There were still lifes and lots of sunsets and crashing waves. There were... More >>>