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Athenaeum sets art shows through February

LA JOLLA — Sally Hagy-Boyer is well-established as a book artist, but in her upcoming Athenaeum exhibition through Feb. 13, she reports a progression into new territory. It will include new works in encaustic, oil, incised and graphite lines, and found objects, which explore the concept of Phase Space.
The gallery is located at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Phase Space, according to mathematics and physics, is a space where all possible states of a system are represented, where each of these states correspond to one specific point. In the exhibition Sally will explore collected and deconstructed elements of her childhood memories and daily life as Phase Space image diagrams.
In the artist’s book “Slow, Children at Play,” Sally deconstructs her childhood memories by playfully reenacting some of the not-so-playful moments. Children are represented as tokens in a board game. Each token, just like a childhood friend, has its own personality. These are printed on vellum and lay on top of an encaustic and oil painting.
Further early 2010 exhibitions include the Rotunda Exhibition featuring Neda Miranda Blaževic-Krietzman’s “Venezia in Las Vegas” on display through Feb. 13. In her latest exhibition, renowned artist Blaževic-Krietzman will exhibit photographs of Venice, Italy side by side with photographs of the Venezia hotel in Las Vegas.
A North Reading Room exhibition will feature selections from the Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri artists’ books collection by Ian Hamilton Finlay, running through Feb. 13. The late Scottish artist Finlay published books of photographs through his Wild Hawthorn Press.
In the Rotunda Gallery Feb. 27 through April 3, will be “Charlie Miller: Anything but Rehab” with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Los Angeles-based artist Miller will exhibit Anything but Rehab, a new series of paintings. Miller is currently working on these in his Sherman Heights studio, a former pharmacy which came replete with two decades of medical ephemera from the 1950s and 1960s. He uses acrylics, collaged with vintage prescriptions and modern advertisements.