For Gabba Gallery’s first big night of 2020, Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson curate four concurrent solo shows by Los Angeles painters Patrick Haemmerlein, Bobby Moore, Allison Bamcat and Isaac Pelayo. The four are diverse in styles — from Haemmerlein’s post-illustration, graphically expressive industrial idylls, to Allison Bamcat’s hyper-chromatic and stylized portraits and creatures, Bobby Moore’s kaleidoscopic composites of imagery and abstract gesture, and Isaac Pelayo’s cartoon- and Old Master-infused scenarios of the modern atelier. But they each share a willingness to push against conventional boundaries of color and line to create interpretive love letters to that eternal muse — Los Angeles.
Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., Westlake; opening reception: Sat., Jan. 18, 7-11 p.m.; exhibition dates: Wed.-Sat., noon-3 p.m., Jan. 18- Feb. 1; free. gabbagallery.com.