Philomena Marano, ‘This Way Out’, 1987, Tabla Rasa Gallery
Philomena Marano, ‘This Way Out’, 1987, Tabla Rasa Gallery

Original cut paper collage translated to a limited edition 125 by master printmaker Roni Henning

Series: American-Dream-Land/ Coney Island series

Signature: Signed and numbered

Image rights: copyright Philomena Marano

Featured in the inaugural exhibit of the Coney Island Museum, circa 1987

Philomena Marano

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

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