Philomena Marano, ‘Lone, Coney Island Spiritual’, 2002, Tabla Rasa Gallery

Portrait of the iconic landmark Cyclone Roller Coaster, Coney Island New York. Original cut paper work translated into an edition/ archival pigment print on archival paper

Series: Coney Island/ American-Dream-Land

Signature: Limited Edition 200

Publisher: Published by the artist

Bridgewater/Lustberg N.Y.C. , Elsa Mott Ives Gallery,N.Y.C.

Original cut paper work created in 1993; translated into an edition/ archival pigment print on archival paper. Original in a private collection.

About Philomena Marano

Philomena Marano has spent decades “penetrat[ing] the soul of Coney Island to reveal its twin promises of candy-colored paradise and garishly ornate nightmare,” as she describes, through the prints and cut-paper collage in her “American Dream-land” series (1979-). These colorful, cartoon-style works evoke the energy and amusement of Coney Island through depictions of the rides, the boardwalk, clowns, and food vendors. Many are large-scale papier collé installations, a technique Marano learned from Robert Indiana, in whose studio she once assisted. In conjunction with “American Dream Land,” in 1981 Marano and Richard Eagen co-founded the Coney Island Hysterical Society, which undertakes projects such as restoring old rides in response to the alarming rate at which they were shutting down in the fabled amusement park of their childhood.

American , b. 1952, Brooklyn, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York

Group Shows

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 
Dowell Road, Dowell, Maryland, USA,
Coney Island Museum, 
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA,
5 cents to Dreamland
City Lore Gallery, 
Boardwalk Renaissance/How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Deutsche Bank, 
Topsy Turvy, Artists & the Amusement Utopia