California Dreaming at Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles

July 31, 2014 10:11 PM

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California Dreaming at Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles

Summer can be a boring season for gallery going: many venues take time off; some leave shows up for longer than usual. The group shows that predominate are often uninspiring or exhausting due to curatorial heavy-handedness or shotgun selections of artists. Amid this summer languidness, the more engaging group shows offer opportunities to see work by new artists and find relationships between works that wouldn't normally be displayed together. One such exhibition, "California Dreaming" at Paul Loya Gallery, is as refreshing as its title and the swimming pool pictured on its postcard seem to imply.

Loya, who curated the show, named it to reflect the fact that three of the artists are California transplants; and he feels that all four share a dark sense of humor embedded in a blithe Californiaesque sensibility. The title also alludes to visionary qualities that pervade the artists' work. Some o...

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