Orange County

Ongoing

Assif Assefi: Prison Art

DAX Gallery

Last Chance - July 26 through August 23, 2014

While detained for 16 months on drug possession charges (his blurry immigration status didn't help), Assif Assefi made art with whatever he could find: commissary bags, coffee, toothpaste, pencils. The work is murkily colored, graphic and full of recognizable figures, like members of the KKK or Ghandi.

James Verbicky: Divisionaire

Joanne Artman Gallery

July 1 through August 31, 2014

James Verbicky makes precise collages out of vintage advertisements. He calls them "media paintings" and says they "transcend simple words and images and become objects containing the essence of human culture."

Reverie in Daily Life

The Muzeo (Anaheim Museum)

August 2 through 31, 2014

This show is supposed to be "nine artists' unsophisticated answer" to the question "what is art?" They're trying to get away from the smart, art-scho kind of thinking and focus on senses and feelings.

Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine

Laguna Art Museum

June 29 through September 21, 2014

From the 1930s through the 1990s, Rex Brandt made watercolor paintings and wrote books to help other people make watercolor paintings. He gravitated toward semi-abstraction and liked exploring effects of sunshine, hence this show's title.