by Baird Jones
Alert Los Angeles gallery-goers got a very special preview
of the hot fall film Wonderland, in which Val Kilmer
stars as notorious porn star John Holmes, thanks to
a one-week exhibition of photo-collages at the Off Main
Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Aug. 24-Sept.
1, 2003. Also starring Lisa Kudrow, Christina Applegate,
Carrie Fisher, Dylan McDermott and Eric Bogosian, the
film depicts Rashomon-style the 1981 quadruple "Wonderland
Murders" in Los Angeles, for which Holmes and drug
kingpin Eddie Nash stood trial (neither were convicted).
Kilmer collaborated with photographer Ali Alborzi, who
took photographs on the Wonderland set between takes,
to make about 400 original collages that include original
photos as well as ephemera from both actors and the
film prop department. The collages are for sale at prices
ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on size. According
to Off Main Gallery director Laurie Frank, the exhibition
is slated to travel to London, Moscow and Toronto. The
film is set to be released on Oct. 3.