A sneak peek inside Tromploy’s ‘Winstonland’
Around 7 p.m. last night, I got to catch a glimpse inside ‘Winstonland,’ ahead of Tromploy’s “Alice in Winstonland” installation opening this Thursday. The installation is located in the former Winston-Salem Sentinel at 418 Marshall St. NW #100. It was still under construction, but I was able to see the story I wrote last week come to life into something cohesive and pretty rad to look at. Most of the materials were made and assembled at Mixxer, the community maker space located at 1375 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. The walls were covered with some plastic, which was being spray-painted with psychedelic designs. And under a blacklight, it only heightened its trippiness. The ball pit was half-finished, and the slide still needed to be mounted, but for how much they’ve worked on in the past two weeks, it is pretty impressive.
The entire installation is a combined effort of the guest artists: Nevets, WYNOCEROS, XOSK, Megz, Christine Toole and Carlos Bocanegra.
Toole (builder and LED artist) and Bocanegra (LED artist and owner of Monstercade) are familiar collaborators who just got back from installing a light exhibit for Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando, Florida. (Presently, they are in New York City working on another installation at Hudson Yards.) Toole and Bocanegra will be working together on a video installation, which can be seen on several mini-screens connected to a wall of Astroturf upon entering the exhibit.
“For the video editing part of our piece, I’ve had to review at least 15 different versions of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ movie (including the classic porno) for ideas,” Bocanegra wrote in an email. “Our piece will feature clips from rare copies of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as far back as 1903!”
When asked about what is most exciting about “Alice in Winstonland,” Toole wrote, “It’s conceptually new in this area. Tromploy is working to bring experimental art that has been growing in another area of the country here to our own doorstep, which turns traditional ideas about how to consume art and how it should be consumed on its ear.”
“Alice in Winstonland” opens this Thursday and remains open until Nov. 29 from 1 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and with special event hours from 9 p.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. No photography is allowed, except in the designated selfie areas. Tickets start at $15 for general admission, children (ages 8-17) are $8, children ages 7 and under are free, and senior citizens and those who serve or served in the military are $13. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.