Athenaeum La Jolla Exhibits Ernest Silva’s ‘Memory, Voyage, Full Moon’ and Joshua Miller’s New Works

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La Jolla, CA (Dec 31, 2014) — The Athenaeum La Jolla Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce the exhibitions of Memory, Voyage, Full Moon by Ernest Silva and New Works by Joshua Miller February 21 through March 21, 2015. The opening reception, Friday, February 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will include a reading in honor of Silva from Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio.

Ernest Silva
Memory, Voyage, Full Moon will feature the early paintings and drawings by renowned local artist Ernest Silva (1948-2014) in the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III Gallery. The large images primarily span the late 70’s and early 80’s but fast forward through to 2011 to include some of the last works that Silva created.

A self-described “visual storyteller,” Silva also illustrated books written by Dr. Verdicchio, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at University of California, San Diego. Memory, Voyage, Full Moon incorporates related sketches, sculptural elements and notes.

Susan Silva stated, “The selection should provide the viewer with a good sense of Ernest’s early beginnings as a young artist.”

Silva’s extensive career as an artist had many highlights-important exhibits in Denmark, Italy, New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as a 30-year teaching career at UCSD and co-creating and co-curating the first inSite in San Diego in 1992. Silva previously exhibited at the Athenaeum in 1997 and 2004 and he described hisWindows of War/Fire on Tranquil Seas work as “a battle between secure destinations and the way life seduces us into the unexpected and previously unconsidered.”

While the themes and context have changed over his 40-year career as a painter, the images Ernest Silva used within his work remained somewhat constant, a common thread and style was present throughout.

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Joshua Miller
In the Rotunda Gallery, Joshua Miller will exhibit the newest iteration of his porcelain plates. Hand-thrown, carved and glazed, the objects are then hung in conjunction with found, sculpted or painted objects. Though luscious and physically substantial, the plates function primarily as a sculptural sketch space in which the artist can quickly explore, without filter or reservation, the emotional and physical underpinnings of his larger paintings.

Joshua Miller utilizes a broad collection of antique figurative objects as a starting point for his materially rich paintings and sculptures. The resulting works employ traditional devices such as still life, tableau vivant, and rebuses as a means of interrogating the psychological nature of the figurines and of collaging languages of representation.

Miller (born 1981) has been in included in recent exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain; Galeria Alternativa Once, Monterrey, Mexico; Helmuth Projects, San Diego; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; and UCLA’s New Wight Gallery. He is in his thesis year at UCSD’s Graduate Visual Arts program, received his BFA from UCLA, and recently attended Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, NY. Miller lives and works in San Diego and Los Angeles.

The Athenaeum La Jolla is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information visit or call 858-454-5872.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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