Oliewenhuis Art Museum is pleased to present a solo travelling exhibition, the din of daily life… by acclaimed artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv.
Arlene Amaler-Raviv’s artistic trajectory spans four decades of dedication and prolific output as evident in numerous exhibitions locally and internationally. She is a dedicated teacher of the arts.
This artist voices the sounds of protest, lamentation, joy and quiet conversation. Her voice is singing, calling, longing, weeping and shouting in its engagement with the viewer. Her paintings track the movement of displacements, transitions and relocations while trying to anchor her Self in a world of flux and transition.
For Amaler-Raviv, everything is ‘terribly important’ and intensely felt. This fragility and passion becomes her strength. She appears in her paintings at many different times, in many different guises.
Amaler-Raviv states, “I try to give a voice to the voiceless — to translate the din of our daily lives, through the painted mark. The archetypal figure, who is any person in survival mode, strides with purpose through my canvasses, repeating like a mantra: keep going, keep walking, keep striving, keep hoping, keep overcoming, keep living. I have lived my life in this way; picking myself up, mending broken pieces and striding forward by painting, painting and painting. I have painted myself out of a corner so many times. The six panels of postcards, Africa meets Europe, is a collection of images over 40 years, documenting my journey as a painter.”
The artist cherishes the following quote by Pearl Primus in her notebook: “My life has been like travelling up a river. Every now and then I would hear singing around the bend and so around the bend I would go and become occupied with living”.
Arlene Amaler-Raviv was born in Johannesburg and received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Fine Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand under the supervision of Robert Hodgins. In the 1970s she was involved in art education, workshops, teaching and teacher training programmes.
Since 1979 she has held many solo exhibitions at Everard Read Gallery, Market Theatre Gallery and group shows locally and internationally. During the 1990s she lectured at the University of Pretoria, FUBA and at the Katlehong Art Center (BACA). In 1996 she lived in the Netherlands where she assisted in the curatorship of the exhibition of Africa meets Africa at the Museum of Ethnology, Rotterdam.
Amaler-Raviv moved to Cape Town in 1997 and was involved in numerous projects. These include sight-specific installation for the District Six Sculpture Project entitled Dislocation Relocation; large oil paintings on glass entitled Departure that were exhibited at Mark Coetzee Fine Art and two collaborative exhibitions with photographer Dale Yudelman, namely One exhibited at the Association for Visual Arts and Where the Mountain meets the City exhibited at 232 Long Street.
Vodacom commissioned Amaler-Raviv to create an installation of seventeen oil paintings on aluminium in 2000. In 2002 Spier acquired a 2m x 2m portrait of Mandela for their collection. Many of her paintings and works hang in private collections around the world and publicly in major art collections in South Africa.
Bloemfontein is the first leg for the exhibition the din of daily life…, which will run from 22 February to 2 April 2018. After Bloemfontein, this exceptional exhibition will travel to The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg where it will be on show from 13 April to 13 May 2018.
Dates: 22 February – 2 April 2018
Venue: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
Dates: 13 April – 13 May 2018
Venue: The Melrose Gallery, 10 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg