Art Exhibition "Alice in Wild Land"
Alice #2, 1999
Acrylic on Canvas, 54" x 42"
You are invited to attend Ilana
Raviv's art exhibition "Alice in Wild Land"which opens at
the Castra Gallery in Haifa, Saturday,May
5th, 2001 and lasts until June 16th, 2001.
The exhibit celebrates the birthday of Alice Liddell who was Lewis
muse and inspiration for "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland."Alice
was born in England 149 years ago on May 4th, 1852.
"Alice in Wild Land"
works of acrylic on canvas made between 1990 and 2001, along with an
collection of watercolors, ink, pencil and bamboo drawings made between
1985 and 2000.
Raviv deals in her work with elements from the
Alice in Wonderland. These motifs are dealt with from a personal and
point of view. Raviv detaches herself from the actual story and instead
creates a different fantasy world of her own, a world based on dreams
childhood memories in which those dreams are turned into a private
tool in Raviv's work. A personal cycle is closed - a cycle of
Here Alice is constantly felt, ever present in the background.
Raviv's fascination and emotional connection with Alice and her story
experienced through associations and shapes. "Chaos, illogicality,
and fantasy together create a new sequence of events which drags me to
a different place, as if on a ferris-wheel floating beyond space and
"Alice's essence is embedded in childhood innocence, dreams and
a world different than that of the adult, free of hypocrisy, politics
war," Raviv adds.
In "Alice in Wild Land," Alice is placed inside a chaotic land of lost
innocence, beauty and ambitions. Raviv's Alice is sober from her loss
"Alice, in Raviv's painting is not in "Wonderland".The womanly-girly
is captured, while capturing the white rabbit.Alice is shown running
her life, not knowing what to do with her large arms.In another
on the same subject, she is shown naked, running away from unseen
that are threatening her in the form of black, broken, destructive
The heroine turns her head backward, like the wife of lot. While on the
ground, next to her, the rabbit is lying on its back. In a quite
guise, Alice, the woman-girl-doll is shown sitting, or rather "placed"
passively before us. Her head is a head of a mature woman, her eyes are
sad, but her legs are a doll's legs. The rabbit, with long protruding
clings to her clothes, as if its whole existence depends on her."
"The paintings of Ilana Raviv are the fruit of her immediate
which the painter does not nurture to the level of consciousness, and
their character, they are more in the realm of a vision, than a
intellectual analysis. This is a true, tempestuous outburst of creative
force, generating powerful images which express the creative unrest
the lyrical and intimate…" says Branka Berberijan, the Spanish
critic about Raviv's work.
Ilana Raviv was born in 1945 and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. After her
military service she married Dov, a business man who shares his time
the US and Israel. Ilana and her husband have three children. In the
Ilana graduated from the Art Students League of New York. Among her
were Roberto De Lamonica, Bruce Dorfman and Knox Martin, a known NY
who became a mentor to Raviv.
"The art (paintings and drawings) of Ilana Raviv has the kind of
rightness as its base as do a certain period of Jackson Polock, Hals
Miro. When one says a certain period, one indicates a non-analytical
that congeals the right moment out of a fragile flight, which peaks." Knox
Raviv has taken part in many group exhibitions in museums and galleries
throughout the US and Europe. Raviv has held six single exhibits in
and the US. In November 1982, Raviv, along with other artists such as
Rauschenburg, Chuck Close, Marisol, Knox Martin, Louise Nevelson, Larry
Rivers, and James Rosenquist, to name a few, presented her work on
at an exhibition entitled "The New Explosion" at the Fine Arts Museum
The exhibition traveled extensively throughout the US and was displayed
in important museums and galleries.
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