Jett Jackson: Stuck in Wonderland
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Looking for a new set of wheels? Or a nifty one-of-a-kind piece of Alice art sculpture? Or maybe both? Have a look at these images of artist Valerie Young’s new work. You can click each image to see a larger version. This information was sent along with the pictures:
“Artist Valerie Young writes, “When I first saw the pair of plaster feet sitting on a box at our local flea market I knew immediately that I had found Alice. But what to do with “her” next? I had just finished reading Harrod Blank’s “Wild Cars” so I thought to myself maybe Alice would like a car. As you can see, I still think of Alice as a delightful childhood friend. An old rusted pedal car was next followed by two plastic pink flamingos and the Alice car was off and running–so to speak. Gathering or creating all the iconic items was great fun and soon it became, officially, “Alice, You Can Drive My Car” (apologies to the Beatles).
Valerie Young is a found-object sculptor whose work was recently part of the “Alice: Into the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ. Her work has also been shown at the Gallery at Chapin in Lawrence, NJ; the Frank J. Miele Gallery in New York; the Outsider Art Fair in New York; the Bernstein Gallery of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Riverrun Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. She was also included in the shows: “Vision and Voice: Folk Art by Woman of the 20th Century” at the Chubb Atrium Gallery, and “Seven New Jersey Sculptors” at the Art Gallery of The College of New Jersey.
To learn more, you can contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Email is the best way to contact me but phone is fine too: 609.466.2394.””
Given that we’re approaching the first day of summer, you may not be thinking about ways to keep warm. But if you have a looking-glass mindset and you’re in need of a new blanket, here’s one that might appeal to the Carrollian in you: it features Alice and the Cheshire Cat, and my favorite, famous quote about getting somewhere. Click the image to learn more.
There’s a new video game out that supposedly blends elements of both Alice and Doctor Who. In fact, it’s called The Night of the Rabbit and features a Doctor-like version of the White Rabbit as the mentor figure. The animation looks quite fun. It’s available for either Mac or PC for $20 from a web site called Steam.
Here’s a promotional trailer. If anyone owns or has played it, by all means add a comment and let us all know what you think!
This just in….
“First, I want to offer our thanks for posting a link to our album pre-sale for “Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland andThrough the Looking-Glass“ on your site. I don’t know if you post any updates on projects in process, but we have 63 hours left and have only met about 30% of our goal. The homepage for our campaign is: http://igg.me/at/Contrariwise and here’s our most recent video update showing a session where we added “hundreds of voices” to the chorus of “Queen Alice” by recording in a former bank lobby, as well as a clip us performing “They told me you had been to her… ” at the Hilltown Spring Festival: http://youtu.be/9CrwC9ErDEM
We thank you ninety-times-nine!
Daniel Hales, on behalf of Daniel hales, and the frost heaves.”
So, if you like indie/alternative music and enjoy supporting Carrollian music projects, you might want to check out their links before their fundraising campaign expires.
If shopping for Carrollian goodies is your “bag,” then you might want to check out Baba Studio’s web site, if you haven’t already done so. They have quite a selection of Alice-themed bags. To see the results of a search for “Wonderland” on their site, click me.
Baba Studio is also hard at work on a gorgeous-looking new Alice Tarot, for those of you who enjoy prognosticating with the help of a Tarot Deck, or for those of you who simply enjoy collecting unusual Alice items with nifty artwork. You can follow the progress of the deck’s creation on this Facebook page.
Recent Carleton College graduate Lauren Millikan has created a web site called “Curiouser and Curiouser: The Evolution of Wonderland.” Here is a brief description of the site’s purpose, from the “About” page:
“The internet is a pretty crazy place. It’s very easy to get lost in it. Many of the people that you meet are very rude. Most of the things you see and read don’t make any sense. And even though it can’t make you grow taller or shorter, (except perhaps by spine compression if you sit in front of a computer for too long) the internet is a lot like Wonderland. This site is dedicated to exploring two questions: 1) how the experience of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Chapters 5, 6, and 7) changes when experienced through the medium of the internet and 2) how this medium can be used to track how Wonderland has evolved in readers’ imaginations.”
To visit Lauren’s site, click me.
This just in from Chris Morgan:
“Oh Dear, How Puzzling It All Is”
I am currently editing Volume 5 in the LCSNA’s The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll series, this one about “Games and Puzzles.” In addition to all of the relevant pamphlets, I would like to get copies of any unpublished Carroll letters and other manuscripts that mention games and puzzles, so I can cite them in the book. I would also like to cite any games and puzzles that have appeared over the years that have been inspired by Carroll’s ideas. Any information about these topics would be greatly appreciated.
– Chris Morgan
Time is fleeting! If you can help Chris, please do contact him directly as soon as possible with the details of what you have. Thanks for your contribution to Carrollian scholarship!
I think it’s safe to say that the Alice books will never go “out of print” regardless of what form “print” takes in the future. There is, however, a nifty online store called outofprintclothing.com that has a mission of creating literary-themed clothing and other objects. And, of course, Alice rates her own page with a half dozen items!
As fate would have it, I happened to see one of the tote bags in person this week on someone’s arm here in trend-setting NYC, and it looked quite spiffy and substantial. Plus the tote itself is made in Brooklyn, which adds to the cool factor.
To browse and shop, click here.
News from London-town! The Iris Theatre will be presenting two Carrollian productions in coming months, performed at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. Click the links below for more information about these performances:
Alice in Wonderland
July 30-August 31st
And for one night only:
The Hunting of the Snark
If you attend either of these, please do send us a paragraph telling us about the production. Thanks!
Composer Bruce Lazarus posted a link on our Facebook page about The Lewis Carroll Project, his art song cycle dedicated to the life and works of Lewis Carroll. Lazarus has drawn his libretto from both well-known and lesser-known Carroll writings, including The Game of Logic and a letter to a child friend. You can read more about the project and listen to “The Mad Gardener’s Song” by clicking here.