Sunday, 27 January 2013

Lewis Caroll re-imagined at the Curious Duke Gallery

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: author, photographer, mathematician and inventor. Here is a man who for more than 150 years has captured children's imaginations with his creative and wonder-filled worlds, populated with memorable and fantastical creatures.

Dodgson may not sound familiar, but you are likely to recognise his characters' names: Jabberwocky perhaps, Alice, The Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Bellman and Beaver. Dodgson is better known by his pen-name Lewis Caroll and he was born on this day in 1832.

Coinciding with his birthday, 19 artists from Middlesex University (past and present students as well as teaching staff) have put on an exhibition at the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street, East London. The show is called Curiouser and Curiouser and provides an illustrated re-imagining of the life of Lewis Caroll.


Upon entering the gallery you are greeted by Martin Ursell's Jabberwocky, followed by recent Middlesex graduate Alex Moore's cans of turtle soup. The variation is what makes the exhibition such a treat to see: new illustrators beside established names, a mix of mediums (the collages were a personal favourite) and a good spread of all of Caroll's main characters.

Curiouser and Curiouser is only on until the 30th January, so don't be late (For a very important date!). It's well worth a visit.  In the meantime, we've found one example in our collection of an artist's re-telling of a Lewis Caroll tale. Here's Winifred Mold's take on Alice and the Queen of Hearts for a wallpaper around 1910.
Design for a nursery wallpaper by Winifred Mold for the Silver Studio, around 1910, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (SD10346)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful exhibit! The wallpaper is especially nice! Thank you for posting!

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