Past Stories

Stronger Art, Lower Brows

“Nothing at last is sacred,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once penned, “but the integrity of your own mind.” There was certainly no concrete evidence of anything sacred in the burgeoning downtown LA art scene in ...


Art as Evidence

For thousands of Mexicans, November 25, 2006 will forever be fixed in memory as the day a teacher’s demonstration in Oaxaca’s capital city, held annually for the past 25 years, took a bloody turn when government tro...


Ethereal Abstractions and Primordial Soup

Rapidly asserting itself as the force to be reckoned with, Pomona Arts Colony’s dba256 Gallery has erected another monument to innovative California artists. In her second exhibit, Liquid Light, dba director Andi Campogno...



Embrace Your Sexy Menstrual Cycle!

At first glance, the Girly Show flyer, which promotes Chaffey College’s new exhibit on “Pin-ups, Zines & the So-Called Third Wave,” looks like a page torn from a rockabilly calendar hung in a 1950’s ...


Grave Beauty

 Photographer Dick George has an eye for the strange, the illusory, the easily overlooked. Traveling in the rural southwest five years ago, the Arizona-based artist found himself drawn to an unusual subject matter. In dust...


Like Drowning in Asphalt

 The first impression one has when standing in the midst of the Wignall Museum’s new Invisible Trajectories: Passing through the Inland Empire exhibit can be summed up in three letters: T.M.I. That’s not to say...



New Kids on the ARTsBlock

Due North: 13 UC Grads Are Taking Contemporary Art in the Right Direction As a local critic endlessly on the lookout for good art in the Inland Empire, all I can say is—thank God for Sweeney. The most reliable venu...


Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me

If you ever have the chance to sit down with Gallery Director and co-owner of dba256 Andi Campognone as I did, be prepared to walk away with one hell of an arts education–perhaps even indoctrination into artistic and capi...


Art Meritocracy

On Saturday, August 18th, Soul Expressions Tattoo Studio once again reinvented itself into an art gallery, hosting the Give Me 5 on the Down Low art show. Featuring pieces from contributors as local as the resident tattoo artis...



Out of This World

The notion that the world outside has become so distasteful that people are now, en masse, turning inward for solace is probably too obvious to restate. But I did it anyway. And while art often serves to take us to…


Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Chinese Moon Festival at the Heritage House

The Moon Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, is to the Chinese what Thanksgiving and Christmas are to the Western world–a time of joy, renewal and abundance. Families gather to watch as the...