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Alice’s Adventures in the Underground: Feed Your Head

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My work will appear in two exhibitions in the new year. The first hasn’t been announced yet so this post concerns the second event which will take place in London on 1st February:

“Feed your head…” An evening discourse on all things Wonderland, with John Coulthart, Andy Roberts, Nikki Wyrd and Jake Fior (facilitator).

This event marks the opening of a three day exhibition hosted by the Horse Hospital, featuring John Coulthart’s psychedelia-themed ‘Alice’ artwork, printed for the first time as (drug-free) blotter art. John’s depictions of the twelve chapters of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ view the 1860s through the iridescent lens of the 1960s; Victoriana refracted through a psychedelic prism. Come along for a discussion of the links between psychedelic art and music, and the persistent fascination of Lewis Carroll’s books. There will be talk of many things, not only cabbages and kings, but far more than you can possibly imagine before breakfast.

Signed blotter prints will be on sale.

Psychedelic artists – particularly in the 60s – and many other outsider creative types (before and since that influential decade), have drawn their inspiration from the well of imagery found within the ‘Alice’ books. As well as John’s artwork, there will be Alice themed creations by other artists on show. In addition, the Psychedelic Museum will be holding its second pop-up museum display, with particular focus on the 60s counterculture.

The event was suggested by Paul at Blotterart, a specialist in quality printing on the perforated blotting-paper sheets that used to be (and possibly still are) the commonest carrier for doses of LSD. My psychedelic take on the Lewis Carroll books was a reaction to the way in which psychedelic culture had adopted Alice and co. as part of the larger collision of childhood and Victoriana that was so prevalent at the end of the 1960s. So in that respect blotting sheets are a much more fitting medium for these pictures than the calendar pages they filled originally. As noted above, I’ll be talking about the artwork and related matters, and will also be on hand to sign things. I’ve been involved with a number of exhibitions recently but they’re not all as close to home as this one.

The Horse Hospital website has the ticket details. Those who can’t make it but are interested in the prints should know that they’ll be for sale online at some point. Further details will be posted here.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Psychedelia and Other Colours by Rob Chapman
LSD-25 by The Gamblers
More trip texts
Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: Part Six
Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: Part Five
Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: Part Four
Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: Part Three
Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: Part Two
Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: Part One
Trip texts
Acid albums
Acid covers
Lyrical Substance Deliberated
The Art of Tripping, a documentary by Storm Thorgerson
What Is A Happening?
My White Bicycle
Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
Tomorrow Never Knows
Enter the Void
In the Land of Retinal Delights
Smashing Time
The Dukes declare it’s 25 O’Clock!
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
The art of LSD
Hep cats

 


 

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