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
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.
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.
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.
Thirty years after Barry Moser first published his engravings of a sinister and darkly comic Wonderland, R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA, is hosting an exhibition of the original engravings, preliminary sketches and, most intriguingly, brand new works by Moser on the theme. Many of the works on display, including new drawings like the devilish Cheshire Cat below, can be see on the R. Michelson Galleries website, although you will have to contact the gallery directly if you would like to know the prices. The exhibition is open to the public and runs until December 15.
In a recent interview, Mr. Moser expressed his own (rather conflicted) excitement about the exhibition:
In some ways, it’s like seeing my dirty underwear hung up on the walls because it’s such old work and I rarely ever revisit my work once it’s done. So to see it up again is a little bit of a surprise.
But the thing I like about this particular installation is what Paul (Gulla) did. He pulled up a lot of stuff I had completely forgotten about. I think the kind of work that went into this (installation) makes it interesting and exciting—even for me who never gets too excited about his own work.
Long before the world knew anything of tablet PCs and iPads, David Neal had an idea for an animated audiobook that children could watch on a screen. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the inspiration, more specifically the many talented illustrators who had brought the story to life. Fast forward twenty years and Neal has brought the story to life in his own way. As he puts it, “to make a long story short, twenty voices, three animators, an investor and various other help and ten or so months later, we have created Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The 150th Anniversary Edition for Tablet Computers.”
In the audiobook, classic illustrations are animated and sometimes merge into each other. Watching the preview, it is quite strange to see Bessie Pease Gutmann’s white rabbit metamorphose into Margaret Tarrant’s white rabbit and from there into Alice B. Woodward’s white rabbit—hopping all the way. Illustration afficionados might like to take the opportunity to test their knowledge as the scenes unfold!
The audiobook can be purchased via the website Alice Winks for $9.95.
Last week, the Câmara Brasileira do Livro (Brazilian Book Guild) announced the winners of the 54th annual Jabuti Awards and we are pleased to relate that Alice found herself in the list of winning titles. Adriano Peliano of the Lewis Carroll Society of Brazil took third prize in the graphic design category for her book Aventuras de Alice no Subterrâneo (Alice’s Adventures under Ground) by Editora Scipione.
As the images below show, Peliano’s book is a triumph of translation and calligraphic skill. Each page of the Portuguese translation mirrors Carroll’s handwritten original; the transformation of the language is subtle and quite magical.
Alice’s Adventures under Ground; Carroll on the left, Peliano on the right
When I decided to recreate the manuscript in Portuguese, I intended to have it be as close as possible to the original object. In doing that I looked for a design that would seem almost imperceptibly different. The pictures, conversations, discoveries, doubts, surprises, obstacles, the strangeness and the delicacy, all came from Lewis Carroll’s original. His handwriting was recreated as if he had written the book in Portuguese for each one of us. In the translation I intended to imbue the words with happiness and invoke curiosity, to read the book as if for the first time.
I can even say that I share this prize with Lewis Carroll. This graceful book is a gift dedicated to him, to Alice Liddell, to a boat trip, to all Alices and rabbits in the world, but mainly, to the strength and magic from an encounter.
The Jabuti Awards honor excellence in Brazilian literature and publishing. “Jabuti” means “tortoise”—can anyone tell us the significance of the name? As the Mock Turtle said of his schoolmaster, so he might school us here: “We called him Tortoise because he taught us”, but what did the Mock Turtle know of Portuguese?
Draw Me a Story at the San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library has teamed up with the nearby Cartoon Art Museum for Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration, an exhibition of children’s book illustration featuring 12 books and 41 original works of art by artists from Ralph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway to twentieth century innovators of illustration including W.W. Denslow, William Steig and Chris Van Allsburg.
The exhibition opened in September and will run until December 2, but the best day to go will be Thursday, October 25, when LCSNA President Mark Burstein will be delivering the talk “Picturing Alice,” in which he will explore art inspired by Alice from the 1860s to the present. The talk will be at 6:30 p.m. in the main library and will be followed by a book sale.
Sean Hennessey, “Humpty Dumpty is a Rabbit Hole” (2012)
An exhibition of work by mixed-media artist Sean Hennessey opens today in Washington, DC.
“Reimagining Wonderland’ interprets scenes from the Alice books as wall relief compositions using a rich combination of glass, concrete, steel, wood, paint, sound, video, LED’s and electroluminescent lights. In a nice long interview with the Huffinton Post Hennessey describes his inspiration and working methods and makes particular reference to the relief pictured on the right:
“For this series I took a page from my sketchbook for every chapter. It started with words, key elements, icons. For a series I make the frame sizes the same. I like consistency for a theme.
I wanted to do a version of “Humpty Dumpty,” I knew I wanted a concrete egg, I knew I wanted it broken, it took me a really long time to figure out what to put inside of it. Other things came out exactly how I thought they would. It’s a process until you hang it.”
The show will open with an artist’s reception tonight, from 5-8pm, at the 410 GooDBuddY gallery, 410 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The gallery does not appear to have a website but you can visit this Facebook event page for more details of the reception.