Also found on his blog was this passionate ALL-CAPS artist’s statement (I’ve included a sloppy Google translation below.)
CUANTAS VECES LEÍ Y ESCUCHÉ, QUE EL ARTE HABÍA MUERTO, QUE LA PINTURA DE CABALLETE YA NO TENIA SENTIDO, CUANTAS VECES A LOS ARTISTAS QUE TRATAMOS DE SEGUIR UN OFICIO Y REVERENCIAMOS LAS TÉCNICAS DE NUESTROS MAESTROS NOS RECHAZAN DE TODO EVENTO ARTÍSTICO NOVEDOSO O VANGUARDISTA, PERO ¿HAY ALGO MAS NOVEDOSO PARA ESTOS TIEMPOS QUE VIVIMOS QUE ESTE TIPO DE PINTURA? EN UNA ÉPOCA DONDE TODO ES VORÁGINE Y VÉRTIGO, EL ARTE TE OBLIGA A CONTEMPLAR; EN UN TIEMPO DONDE TODO SE ACELERA, EL ARTE TE LLEVA A RESPIRAR PROFUNDO Y TENER OBJETIVOS PENSADOS CON TIEMPO; AHORA QUE TODO ES VIRTUAL INGRÁVIDO INMATERIAL, EL ARTE TE HACE SENTIR LAS TEXTURAS, AHORA QUE LA TECNOLOGÍA AVANZA APLASTANDO TODO LO ANTERIOR, PARA HACER ESTE ARTE NECESITAS SOLO DE UN PEDAZO DE CARBÓN COMO HACE 12000 AÑOS.
QUIZÁS ES CIERTO Y TENGAN RAZÓN LOS CRÍTICOS Y PUEDE QUE LOS PINTORES SOLO SEAMOS SOMBRAS DE UN ARTE YA MUERTO, PERO MIENTRAS SIENTA ESA NECESIDAD DE AGARRAR UN PINCEL Y OLVIDARME DEL MUNDO, SUS PROBLEMAS Y SUS MIEDOS Y SOLAMENTE HUNDIRME EN PENSAMIENTOS QUE SE TRANSFORMAN EN COLORES E IMÁGENES, VOY A SEGUIR DISFRUTANDO , PINTANDO TANTO, ANTES DEL FIN…
MANY TIMES read and heard, that art was dead, that easel painting no longer made sense, how often to artists who try to follow a trade and revere our teachers TECHNIQUES WE DISCLAIM ALL NOVEL or avant-garde artistic event, But is there anything more novel for these times we live in that this type of paint? In an age where EVERYTHING IS maelstrom and vertigo, ART forces you to contemplate, in a time where everything is accelerating, ART TAKES YOU AND HAVE A DEEP BREATH OBJECTIVES DESIGNED WITH TIME, now that everything is weightless VIRTUAL HERITAGE, THE ART TE DO feel textures, now that technology treaded FOREGOING, THIS ART TO NEED JUST A PIECE OF COAL AS 12,000 years ago. PERHAPS HAVE REASON IS TRUE AND CRITICS AND MAY ONLY WE ARTISTS ART AND SHADOWS OF A DEAD, BUT THAT WHILE SITTING need to grab a brush and forget the world, their problems and their fears and sink ONLY IN THOUGHTS become colors and images, I’ll keep enjoying, PAINTING BOTH BEFORE END …
“NO CUENTES LO QUE VISTE EN LOS JARDINES…” by Ricardo Selma
What’s the next best thing to unexpectedly inheriting first editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass? A public institution near you receiving them in an anonymous donation, that’s what. Which is good news for Carrollians in Utah as last week just such a bequest was made to the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The value of the two books is estimated at $30,000. Read more here, or visit the books in person in the George S. Eccles Special Collections Reading Room on level 4 of the J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City. Visitors are welcome.
Looking for all of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on a single page? Yes, it has been done, and what’s more, you have quite a selection to choose from.
Novel Poster sell this 18 by 26 inch, very-legible print that reveals Alice playing croquet in the negative space ($40).
Postertextmake one similar, but with slightly different dimensions—a 20 by 24 inch print with the text split over seven columns reveals Alice talking to the Cheshire Cat ($23.99).
20 x 24″ from Postertext
This action shot from Spineless Classicsshows their more detailed poster. It measures 50 by 70 centimeters (about 20 by 28 inches) ($39.99).
Litographs offer several options: the 24 x 36 inch print ($29) includes the full text of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass ($29); the 18 x 24 inch print includes the full text of just Wonderland ($24).
The Litographs prints are the only ones available in color ($29 for the smaller poster, $39 for the larger one). They also make a full-text t-shirt, guaranteed to get you some squinty attention whenever you wear it.
For a greater challenge, you might like to try assembling you own one-page Wonderland with this 672-piece jigsaw puzzle from Spineless Classics ($29.99). In addition to whiling away a winter evening, I’m sure it’s also a fascinating way to get to know the book really well.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born 181 years ago today. To mark the occasion, here are selection of appropriate cakes. (Click on each image to be taken to the webpage where it was found.)
The full tableau approach, posted on Flickr
Icing the Roses Red, from Occasions Online
A Tim Burton tribute, posted by R. Mansur at WonderHowTo.com.
A psychedelic number from the Sugar Me Bakery
This one seems to fill the room…
And if you haven’t yet had your fill, there’s plenty more here.
Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words ‘Eat me’ were beautifully marked in currants. ‘Well, I’ll eat it,’ said Alice, ‘and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so either way I’ll get into the garden, and I don’t care which happens! – Chapter One, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Are tablet computers revolutionizing the picture book? Ask me again in a hundred years. In the meantime, authors continue to explore the question by experimenting with the ever-willing, always-revolutionary Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. First to be mentioned on this site was Atomic Antelope’s ground-breaking “digital pop-up book”, then David Neal’s animation of classic illustrations. Now we have a third: an unabridged Alice illustrated with images from Renaissance art. The result sounds like it will be interesting:
To portray the colorful events and idiosyncratic characters of this book, Paletz gleans bits and pieces from Jan van Eyck, Joachim Patinir, Quentin Matsys, Hans Holbein, Sandro Botticelli, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Hieronymus Bosch and more, combining them into his signature visual collages which dazzle the eye. Alice is a book filled with riddles, puzzles, illogical delightfulness, and brainteasers.
… Most importantly, Paletz’s layered creation will inspire thought. Readers will fall into musings such as, “What is the historical significance of dressing Fish-Footmen in French Revolution military uniforms and the king as Henry VIII?” The use of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance art extends farther than the eye can see. Paletz pulls from historical events to shape each illustration with significance.
The book is the brainchild of Emmanuel Paletz, a creative consultant for the advertising industry and also the art director for the successful cookbook Art and Cook. Read more about him and about the storybook app on the project’s website. Emmanuel is seeking financial assistance to help bring his ebook project to completion. Donations of any amount can be made on the fundraising site IndieGoGo.
For many good reasons, Lewis Carroll’s classic is often chosen as a first text to translate into a new language or medium. Constructors of constructed languages and lovers of word-play have innate reasons to flock to Carroll’s text. Here’s a new “translation” of Alice in Wonderland into a language which is either pointlessly annoying, or an invaluable tool for strengthening your Scrabble skills. Every word of the classic 27,405 word text has been scrambled into an Alphagram (or, an aaaghlmpr, in Alphagrammish.) The apostles of this project claim that reading a “bkoo” is “not only fun, like solving a puzzle, but it also improves your ability to unscramble words and score higher in your favorite word games.”
The first page of “Aceil in addelnnorW,” from bkoo.org
Their blurb actually almost convinces that this could be an entertaining and mind-strengthening endeavor:
The thesis of this book is that Alphagram is a language (albeit more like Pig Latin than any natural language) that can be read, and whoever can read Alphagram can instantly spot anagrams. To learn Alphagram, we propose reading this bkoo of 27,405 words, including 2,576 distinct words. (To play this many words in Scrabble® would take a typical player thirty-five years at one game per week!) While reading the first chapter is challenging, afterwards you will find it reads like a classic translated into a familiar language. Several factors ease the learning curve: 1. Answers. Each page has answers on the back. 2. Context. It is much easier to find anagrams in context. For instance, “addelnnorW” is much easier to decipher after uncovering that it follows “Alice in….” 3. Repetition. Consider, for example, the word “thought,” which occurs 74 times in Alice in Wonderland. The first time you encounter “ghhottu,” it may take a while to unscramble (even with context), but later occurrences are easier as you naturally learn the language. oS ist abck, aelrx, adn ejnoy eht bkoo!
Aceil in addelnnorW: A Bkoo was translated by Cory Abbott sells for $12.95 on Amazon. Rachel Eley wrote to me, “Reading the examples on the website makes my brain feel like my hand feels when I use one of those grip strengtheners for climbers. It hurts but I can’t tell if that is because it good for me or bad for me.” I take back my earlier “pointlessly annoying” comment – Lewis Carroll probably would have loved this project. Meanwhile, we still wait for the first Pig Latin translation.
A lost mural of Alice in Wonderland and the archaeologist determined to bring it to light were the subjects of an interesting tale told by San Diego public radio station, KPBS, yesterday.
Seth Mallios, head of the anthropology department at SDSU, had been hunting down murals, once common all over campus, when he heard about the Alice mural from Evelyn Kooperman, a retired librarian.
When she was a little girl in the 1950s, her mother used to take her to see two murals tucked away in Hardy Tower. One featured the character of Odysseus. The other, was the “Alice in Wonderland” mural. “I just thought they were wonderful,” says Kooperman. “They were big and bright and colorful. And I just loved them and every year I would say to my mother, ‘I want to go see Alice! I want to go see Alice!’”
Read about Mallios’s discovery of the mural, and of the artist who painted it, on the KPBS website. You can also see an old photograph of the mural and listen to the original radio broadcast.
Here’s something we’ve never seen before (although it is true we tend to go about with our heads in a book): pantyhose that create the illusion of a Tenniel tattoo. Choose from the White Rabbit, the Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, or Alice with Flamingo for the finishing touch to any outfit, or any leg, for that matter. The tattoo tightsare printed by Hakosen and sold on Etsy.com for $20 a pair.
White Rabbit Tights by Hakosem
Hatter Tights by Hakosen
On the subject of Tenniel prints, we’ve also been meaning to mention this Alice Tea Party Pillowcase Set, sold by Urban Outfitters for $34 (curious dreams not included).