Paul Loya Gallery

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

July 12 - August 23, 2014

PAUL LOYA GALLERY is proud to present CALIFORNIA DREAMING, a group exhibition featuring the works of Gordon Holden, Cheryl Humphreys, Joe Roberts and Lisa Solberg. The show runs from July 12th, 2014 until August 23rd, 2014, with an artist reception on July 12th from 6-9 PM.

This exhibition is comprised of four artists whom have caught the gallery’s eye and have continued to stay on our radar the past year. Paul Loya Gallery receives countless submissions and we take the time to look at each one. Not only does the work of these four stand out, but each artist displays uniqueness through their discipline to their practice as well as their individual personalities. Here at Paul Loya Gallery, we felt that Gordon Holden, Cheryl Humphreys, Joe Roberts and Lisa Solberg would not only blend well with our program but develop it in its progression.

GORDON HOLDEN

Gordon Holden was born in 1985 in suburban United States of America. After graduating from the University of Vermont, never having studied fine arts, he soon discovered that the only way to live in a world that strives for perfection is to do just the opposite. His work captures visual and tactile expression through the backwards mishmash of an osmosis of pop culture and personally-derived abstract apprehension. This complex marriage of playful curiosity and cynical observation produces works that are both whimsical and thought-provoking. He describes his creation’s as a collection of things to like and things to dislike.

CHERYL HUMPHREYS

Cheryl Humphreys’ works are a study in opposites. She starts with the most fundamental of materials – paper and ink – and transforms them into delicately streamlined pieces where natural and manipulated elements intersect. The 27-year-old artist’s multistep process begins by dipping traditional printmaking paper in baths of ink. “I start by surrendering control to see what happens,” says Humphreys, who recently exhibited at Art Basel Miami. She then responds to the organic shapes that unfold – aqueous coasts of India ink, watercolor or dye that soak into the paper and form the base of each piece. It’s in this response that the contrast takes form. “I draw specific shapes that create tension between organic and defined,” she says. “These are informed by geometric templates used for blueprints and plans.” (These architectural templates inspire the exacting, repetitive shapes embossed on the ink-free portion of the paper.) Humphreys sketches out a design an sends a scan of the drawing to a laser cutter, who creates a stencil, which she then uses to emboss the paper. “I have to make sure it’s responding to the ink where I want it,” she says. “They’re all truly one of a kind.”Humphreys approaches paper like a textile, sculpting it and embedding it with tactile shapes. It’s a fascination instilled by her mother. “She was an interior designer,” says the artist, who moved to LA eight years ago to attend Otis College of Art and Design.

JOE ROBERTS

Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comic books were his main reading material and can still be seen as an influence in his work. Roberts attended San Francisco Art Institute, but claims he mostly learned about drugs. Using an eclectic assortment of material from crayons, bic lighters and used candy wrappers to name a few, his work creates a world of cartoon imagery laced with personal symbology and humor. Dancing between abstraction and a psychedelic narration, Roberts takes the viewer into little pockets of his mind. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

LISA SOLBERG

An Abstract Expressionistic painter who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her large scaled paintings are both vigorous and fluid. Embracing a schizophrenic expression, Solberg is utterly and completely in the moment. Her current works focus on the gravity of installation and the power therein to engage and transform the viewer’s experience. Solberg has exhibited widely from London to Singapore, and holds a BFA from University of Colorado, Boulder. Her archetypal avatar is Coco Bunny.