Alice Liddell has made the front page of the New York Times again! This time, it’s an image of Alice as the mythical figure “Pomona,” as photographed by Lewis Carroll’s contemporary, Julia Margaret Cameron. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC has opened a new exhibit of 38 Cameron images. The exhibit runs through January 5th, 2014. To read more, click me.
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a tattoo depicting Alice reaching for a book from an enormous stack of books. The visual pun here: the stack of book spines traces the actual spine of the tattoo wearer. Very clever! But talk about suffering for your art. To view the tattoo (it’s on a young woman’s back), click me.
If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan and create book or print-based art, you’ll want to read this notice we just received. Note the deadline, and submit this month!
“CALL FOR BOOK AND PRINT ARTISTS
Alice in Wonderland
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Submission deadline: August 30, 2013
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) seeks artworks for inclusion in a juried exhibition of book, paper and print works based on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The exhibition will be presented in the Open Book Literary Commons gallery from October 18 through December 15, 2013.
There is no entry or participation fee. Selected artists will be responsible for all shipping costs.
– All submissions must be made by email to email@example.com.
– Include AIW in the subject line of your email.
– Artists are welcome to submit multiple works, but each work should be submitted in a separate email.
Attach the following to your email:
IMAGES: up to three images per work are allowed. JPG format, 72 dpi, max 900 x 900 pixels.
TEXT: A one-page Word or PDF document containing the following:
– Artist name
– Mailing address
– Email address
– Telephone number
– Title of work
– Year completed
– Author(s) (if applicable)
– Insurance value
– Retail price or NFS
– Any special installation instructions or other descriptive
Deadline: Entries must be received by August 30, 2013.
Selected artists will be notified by September 9.
Selected works must be delivered to MCBA by October 4, and will be returned by January 10, 2014.
Artists are responsible for all shipping costs.
Questions? Email Tracy Doreen Dietzel, MCBA Exhibitions Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about MCBA, visit mnbookarts.org.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
at Open Book . 1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor . Minneapolis MN
55415 Phone 612.215.2520 . Fax 612.215.2545 . email@example.com
As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.mnbookarts.org.”
If you’re not already familiar with the Alice-themed artworks of artist David Delamare, you’re in for a treat. Do yourself a favor and visit his site sometime when you have a few minutes to explore. Alice characters are not his only fantasy subjects, but within the Alice realm he has an impressive array of paintings, prints, cards, posters, and more–including porcelain night lights! His love of mermaids and monkeys (hey, why not, right?) also sometimes filters into the Alice images. And according to his site, he is working on an illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which promises to be very elegant and intriguing, indeed!
Be advised that some of the artworks in other areas of the site do include, as he puts it, “tasteful nudity.” So you may wish to view the site with that disclaimer in mind. The Alice pages are “G” rated. Look for the “Alice Gifts” link on the left-side menu, and you can drill down to view the Alice paintings from there.
To visit Mr. Delamare’s site, click me.
We recently received the following note from Mabel Odessey, an American artist living in France:
I am contacting you about my current exhibition/installation at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. the exhibition opened on Alice Day July 6 and will run till the end of August so there is still time to catch it!
The subject of these pinhole photographs are marionnettes made by the English artist Margaret Littleton Cook (1940s). They explore the characters as representations of psycological states and Alice’s dream of wonderland as a spiritual journey. To come upon images in the garden unexpectedly much like Alice was confronted by characters in the books will give her psychological journey a geographic sense.
Each character Alice encounters on her journey represents a disturbing emotion that must be transformed in order to reach enlightenment. Carroll calls the Queen of Hearts the embodiment of anger. Lewis Carroll the logician brings up many philosophical debates in the books. He uses nonsense to explore concepts such as time, perception, impermanence, duality, identity and the role of language. Using marionettes as subjects echoes this playful approach.
Using the historic process of pinhole photography give the images a particular resonance and there is no denying the connection between the upside down back to front world behind the looking glass and the positive and negative in photography. Not to mention Carroll’s interest in perception and photography.
The installation considers the qualities of different spaces in the garden and uses the shady places for the darker more mysterious photographs, and more open spaces to echo the images of understanding and clarity. Visitors will have a unique experience of the images as the light and the garden change throughout the day and season.
So, if you’re in the Oxford vicinity and enjoy gardens, marionettes, and/or Alice-themed art, you have until the end of August to view this al fresco exhibit.
If you are a Facebook user, you probably already know that there are a number of Facebook pages that pay tribute to Alice illustrations, or have other Carrollian connections. Here are just a handful, in case you’ve missed any of them. TIP: You can find these and others under our “Likes” section on our Facebook page. If you know of more, please send us the link!
Alice in Wonderland Inspired Photography, Movies and Art
Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland
Here’s something you don’t see every day. In fact, you’ve never seen one of these before–and may never see one again! A new LCSNA member by the highly appropriate name of Ray Carpenter has created a one-of a kind scrimshaw artwork depicting the Walrus and the Carpenter–and also Lewis Carroll. You can check out images of the artwork on his Etsy page. It is not inexpensive, but presumably a collector of fine art will recognize the massive number of hours that have gone into the work’s creation. We always love to see how Lewis Carroll’s works inspire artists around the world!
Artist Sue Shanahan has added a new Alice-themed post to her child-centric blog, commonplacegrace.com. In it, Sue ponders what might have led Lewis Carroll to pen the Alice books, and also shares an image of a charming Alice paper doll that she created a few years ago as a gift for the attendees at a United Federation of Doll Clubs convention. She also includes a photo of the her niece, who modeled for the image.
You can read the post on Sue’s site, or find it in the Huffington Post’s Arts and Culture section.
Sue is also selling signed prints of the paper doll image for a modest price on her Etsy site. And if there’s a paper doll art collector among you, the original one-of-a-kind artwork is currently still available for sale directly from Ms. Shanahan for US $22.00.
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.””
Korean artist Cheong-ah Hwang has created this stunning Alice image using a technique of layering paper to create a 3D effect. To see other (non-Carollian) images she has created, click here. Wouldn’t it be great to see a whole edition of the Alice books illustrated by this talented, self-taught artist?
Here she shares photos of creating it!
You can also buy a giclee print of this image in two sizes on Etsy.