Alice in Wonderland and Back
“Alice in Wonderland and Back”.

Essay about beauty through art and design
Upon and idea of Valentin Tinc with the participation of a group of fine artists and design

The concept.

“The term "Wonderland", from the title, has entered the language and refers to a marvellous
imaginary place, or else a real-world place that one perceives to have dream like qualities. It
challenges and takes on real-life matters. It, like much of the Alice work, is widely referred to in popular
culture.”, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, retrieve 02.08.08
The exhibition is built around the exploration of a territory close to fantasy that offers an array of
dualities of fine art and design objects tied together by a subtle interlace of meanings and shapes:
masculine (stag head, horns)-feminine ( feminine nudes, soft furniture, mirror), three dimensional-
bidimensional, fine art-decorative art, realism-symbolism.

The space.

The exhibition space will be loosely divided onto several areas using tall, semitransparent curtains.
This will enhance the idea of unknown territory to explore (a wonderland) and give a sense of surprise
and thrill.

Areas to be conceived are referencing aspects of love/beauty stages and in the same time are
conscious artistic and curatorial frameworks:

white space
-red space,
-sylver space
-black space
-golden space

White space: Romance, purity, innocence

“Romance is a general term that refers to an intimate and often sexual relationship between two
people.[1] It is an exaggerated[2] or decorated expression of love.[3] It also refers to a feeling of
excitement associated with love.[4] Historically, the term "romance" did not necessarily imply love
relationships, but rather was seen as an artistic expression of one's innermost desires; sometimes
including love, sometimes not. Romance is still sometimes viewed as an expressionistic, or artful form,
but within the context of "romantic love" relationships it usually implies an expression of one's love, or
one's deep emotional desires to connect with another person. "Romance" in this sense can therefore
be defined as attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something or someone, in literature similar
exaggerated narration is called romance” ( Romance. retrieved 14.08.08)

Red space: Eros, attraction, sensuality

“Eroticism is an aesthetic focus on sexual desire, especially the feelings of anticipation of sexual
activity. It is not only the state of arousal and anticipation, but also the attempt through whatever
means of representation to incite those feelings.
The word "eroticism" is derived from the name of the Greek god of love, Eros. It is conceived as
sensual love or the human sex drive (libido). Philosophers and theologians discern three kinds of love:
eros, philia, and agape. Of the three, eros is considered the most egocentric, focusing on care for the
self.” .( Eroticism. retrieved 14.08.08)

Sylver space: Narcissism, identification, mirror

“Narcissism describes the trait of excessive self-love, based on self-image or ego.
The term is derived from the Greek myth of Narcissus. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who
rejected the desperate advances of the nymph Echo. As punishment, he was doomed to fall in love
with his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus pined away and
changed into the flower that bears his name, the narcissus.”( Narcissism. retrieved

Black space: Romanticism ,Mystery beauty, the hero.

“Among the characteristic attitudes of Romanticism were the following: a deepened appreciation of the
beauties of nature; a general exaltation of emotion over reason and of the senses over intellect; a
turning in upon the self and a heightened examination of human personality and its moods and mental
potentialities; a preoccupation with the genius, the hero, and the exceptional figure in general, and a
focus on his passions and inner struggles; a new view of the artist as a supremely individual creator,
whose creative spirit is more important than strict adherence to formal rules and traditional
procedures; an emphasis upon imagination as a gateway to transcendent experience and spiritual
truth; an obsessive interest in folk culture, national and ethnic cultural origins, and the medieval era;
and a predilection for the exotic, the remote, the mysterious, the weird, the occult, the monstrous…. “
(, Romanticism, retrieved 14.08.08)

Golden space: Non sexual, unification, unconditional

“Agapē (IPA: /ˈægəpiː/[1]) (Gk. αγάπη [aˈɣa.pi]), is one of several Greek words translated into
English as love. The word has been used in different ways by a variety of contemporary and ancient
sources, including Biblical authors. Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional,
self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love. Greek philosophers at the time of Plato and
other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection
for a particular activity, in contrast to philia—an affection that could denote either brotherhood or
generally non-sexual affection, and eros, an affection of a sexual nature. The term 'agape' is rarely
used in ancient manuscripts, but was used by the early Christians to refer to the self-sacrificing love of
God for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among
one another (also see kenosis).( .( Agape. retrieved 14.08.08)
Opening images

Fine artists: Cristina Popovici, Pierra McArthur, Sally Tag, Stephen Marti Welch

Furniture Showrooms: DeDeCe, Indice, Studio Italia, design 55 and Stephens Antique store.
Alice in Wonderland and Back
Alice in Wonderland and Back

Soca gallery Auckland New Zealand 2008