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'Aria'
by Ludwich Olivier

November 2015

"An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house." - Maria Callas

The Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House is excited to be hosting the second solo show by Cape Town artist, Ludwich Olivier. Following from his last show, 'Prelude', this month's exhibition is a body of work that plays out like the singular operatic voice that is associated with an Aria. Ludwich's works are as versatile as the legendary sopranos of the 20th century, only that his notes are expressed through his use of vivid colours and confident brush marks. Like the stage of a theater, Olivier's layered glass works are made up of backgrounds, foregrounds and other layers in between, which are each built up with his 'notes' to create an epic, tour-de-force performance of his life. His life plays out in the emerald pine forests and empty side streets of Cape Town, each waiting for the procession of characters to populate them, bringing with them, colour and rhythm.