Tom Backer

Artist Interview – Tom Backer

Monday, April 21, 2014

I first discovered Tom Backer’s work in the early 80′s when he was documenting the burgeoning So Cal punk rock scene. Backer’s extensive photographic collection of early punk shows, although unheralded, rivaled the work of better known punk rock documentarian’s like Edward Colver. I was... 

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We Will Show You Fear In A Handful Of Dust

Sunday, April 6, 2014

“We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust” is a participatory sculpture project by Los Angeles-based artist collective Finishing School  in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher that utilized the fabrication of a full size replica of a MQ-1B Predator drone aircraft. Over two... 

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Artist Interview: David Michael Lee

Monday, March 17, 2014

Painter, curator, and educator David Michael Lee has been a stalwart of the Orange County art scene for many years now. Lee’s work hangs in several prominent collections including the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. He serves as Director and curator for the Coastline Art Gallery... 

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Love from the Hate Crew: Children of Bodom at the Observatory

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I know a concert was good when every time I try to sit down and write my review of it, I get distracted by composing music myself instead. This was most gloriously true of the Children of Bodom concert at the Observatory in Santa Ana on March 2, supported by Tyr and Death Angel. Even though I love the word, I... 

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Three Laguna Landscapes

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The landscape-painting industry has had a hold on Laguna Beach for so long that the very idea of landscape in the resort town by the sea is inevitably fraught with cliché, but Thursday night’s art walk provided some fresh perspectives on the genre with the work of two master painters at the Laguna Art Museum... 

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Carlotta Corpon, Space Composition with Chambered Nautilus

OCMA pays tribute to the California landscape

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Carlotta Corpon, Space Composition with Chambered Nautilus California’s identity is inextricably tied to its landscape, and has one of the most varied geographies in the Union. Attempting to capture California landscape art and its evolution for over a century is already ambitious in scope. However, California... 

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Artist Interview – Tom Backer

Tom Backer

I first discovered Tom Backer’s work in the early 80′s when he was documenting the burgeoning So Cal punk rock scene. Backer’s extensive photographic collection of early punk shows, although unheralded, rivaled the work of better known punk rock documentarian’s like Edward Colver. I was a fan. However, as the 80′s progressed Backer disappeared from my radar and I wasn’t sure what happened to this talented photographer.... Read More

We Will Show You Fear In A Handful Of Dust

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“We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust” is a participatory sculpture project by Los Angeles-based artist collective Finishing School  in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher that utilized the fabrication of a full size replica of a MQ-1B Predator drone aircraft. Over two hundred people helped FS and collaborators at Occidental College hand-finish the drone with an age-old application method using architectural-grade... Read More

Artist Interview: David Michael Lee

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Painter, curator, and educator David Michael Lee has been a stalwart of the Orange County art scene for many years now. Lee’s work hangs in several prominent collections including the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. He serves as Director and curator for the Coastline Art Gallery and has a long history of creating various “happenings” in Orange County, many during his stint as a member of the now legendary... Read More

Love from the Hate Crew: Children of Bodom at the Observatory

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I know a concert was good when every time I try to sit down and write my review of it, I get distracted by composing music myself instead. This was most gloriously true of the Children of Bodom concert at the Observatory in Santa Ana on March 2, supported by Tyr and Death Angel. Even though I love the word, I reserve it only for special occasions like this one- fuck… Children of Bodom were so fucking good. That does sum it up, but I will elaborate. Children... Read More

Three Laguna Landscapes

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The landscape-painting industry has had a hold on Laguna Beach for so long that the very idea of landscape in the resort town by the sea is inevitably fraught with cliché, but Thursday night’s art walk provided some fresh perspectives on the genre with the work of two master painters at the Laguna Art Museum and the photography of Tom Lamb at Forest & Ocean Gallery. Wayne Thiebaud’s Waterland, 1996, oil on canvas Wayne Thiebaud, raised... Read More

Fullerton’s Art Walk Celebrates 4 Years

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Friday, MARCH 7 is the big annual Art Walk anniversary event taking place at the Fullerton Museum Plaza. Fullerton Art venues come together this one night to celebrate local life and art! Fullerton has been voted one of the top 3 best downtown areas in Orange County, and understandably so! With new boutiques, restaurants, bars, galleries and artist dens popping up around every corner, this small downtown area has become one of the best artistic communities... Read More

OCMA pays tribute to the California landscape

Carlotta Corpon, Space Composition with Chambered Nautilus

Carlotta Corpon, Space Composition with Chambered Nautilus California’s identity is inextricably tied to its landscape, and has one of the most varied geographies in the Union. Attempting to capture California landscape art and its evolution for over a century is already ambitious in scope. However, California Landscape Into Abstraction: Works from the Orange County Museum of Art, OCMA’s current exhibit, goes beyond an examination of 19th... Read More

Through the Looking Glass with Tiffany Ma

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An MFA exhibit currently on view at Cal State Fullerton installs a fantastical world of imagination in the campus’ West Gallery, but like a wonderland apparition it’s only up for a few days, so if you’d like to see it in person you’ll have to visit soon! Tiffany Ma, who over the past few years has been involved with feminist collective performance art as part of the “Guerrila Gowns” project and was in the recent... Read More

Art Opening: STOCK | California at Coastline Art Gallery

A detail of Elena Mary Siff’s collage entitled Nimby Series (Clinton in Car)

By Jared Millar This weekend saw the opening of “STOCK | California” at Coastline College’s Costa Mesa-adjacent gallery which overlooks the (as yet) undeveloped coastal wetlands of the Lower Santa Ana River. Much of the work in the show consists of collage or mixed media, playing with the definition of “stock” that relates to paper stock or card stock. Standout images include Elena Mary Siff’s playful collages and unique book objects and... Read More

A Little Shadow and a Little Light, MORE or less

It is common enough to be considered a universal experience, taking place within the realms of childhood, that when the sun goes down the imagination has full reign. The shadows that exist in closets or under the bed become dense, so much so that anything a little person could possibly imagine could exist within them. Eventually our brains become trained through experience that nothing need exist out of nothing and that the world provides us plenty... Read More