Curiouser & Curiouser at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Enter the fantastical, delightful, kitschy world of Petrolia, Ontario artist Norman Barney. Together with an array of other like-minded Canadian artists, including Ron Noganosh, Karine Giboulo, James Kirkpatrick, Curiouser & Curiouser will turn your day upside down as you take a fantastical journey into the wonderfully bizarre world of the imagination.

The term curiouser and curiouser was first coined by Lewis Carol in his 1865 novel, Alice In Wonderland. Today, it is commonly used to express a feeling that you are seeing or experiencing something that doesn’t quite make sense, or that imparts a sense of wonder. The phrase implies being drawn further and further into some bizarre world where one is merely an observer into the odd imaginings of others.

But don’t move on too quickly – linger a while and you’ll be drawn deeper and deeper into the work through the whimsy, humour and sheer odd-ness of it all, and you just might recognize something of yourself staring back at you.