I am convinced that, like Alice in Wonderland, the artist will be led to pass through the looking-glass of the retina, to reach a more profound expression.
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Diogo Muñoz / Down the Rabbit Hole
Diogo Muñoz, 2009 / Pool of tears
Diogo Muñoz, 2009 / Advice from a Caterpillar
Diogo Muñoz, 2009 / Pig and pepper
Diogo Muñoz, 2009 / Mad tea party
Diogo Muñoz, 2009 / The Mock turtle
Diogo Muñoz, 2010 / Looking Glass house
Diogo Muñoz, 2010 / The Garden of Living Flowers
Diogo Muñoz, 2010 / Humpty Dumpty
Diogo Muñoz, 2009 / It is my own invention
The amazing illustrations by the portuguese painter Diogo Muñoz to both Alices are an adventure and a intertextual game bringing a vast scope of references to art history. His acrylic canvas dialog with artists from different periods since the masters like Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch, and the modern and contemporary Francis Bacon, Picasso, Leger, Andy Warhol, Dali, Miró, Magritte, Paula Rego, Julio Pomar, Luís Pinto Coelho, among others. Alice herself can be one of the girls from Velazquez and the metamorphosis continue. These elements are not just linear quotations but create puzzles which are poetic metalanguistic devices. The images call attention to the artistic language and its complexity in multiple layers, also calling the reader beyond the literal story told in Alice books to the corkscrew paths of reading and understanding both pictures and conversations.
"One way of bonding that occurs not as a mere sum or accumulation of separate elements, but as a construction and meditated act." José Luis Tinoco
I recently bought the books containing these pictures that presents a challenging graphic design project, where the texts plays in the pages in different sizes and configurations in curiouser and curiouser ways in a tale/tail resonance. The intriguing forewords are written by the portuguese writer, translator, critic and journalist Miguel Estevez Cardoso.
Diego Velazquez. Las meninas, 1656.
See also the intertextual Alices by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz