Memory Press ~ New Jersey
(Maria G. Pisano)

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Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, papermaker, printmaker and proprietor of the Memory Press.
   
Tunnel kit books  
   
Tunnel Vision
By Maria G. Pisano
Plainsboro, New Jersey: Memory Press, 2004. Edition of 25.

8 x 8 x 2" closed, opens to 8 x 8 x 80". Tunnel book structure. Printed on Rives BFK and kozo. Process include letterpress printing, collagraph intaglio, relief, lithography, chine collé, and digital printing. Text font Frutiger. Housed in a plexiglass clamshell box. Designed, written and bound by the artist.

Maria Pisano: "Tunnel Vision takes a novel look at the Holland Tunnel, which connects New York with New Jersey. When I began this project, and did some historical research, the story of the tunnel itself, its workers, and its chief engineer fascinated me. This book seemed an ideal venue to mesh the child's fantasy and the historical background. The book's structure is a tunnel book, 200 cm long when fully opened; the inside of the book depicts the imaginary vision of a colorful underwater world, where vintage and modern cars travel through its space accompanied by fish. The outside of the book represents the reality: close to 6 million tiles were used for the tunnel, so I used the tile pattern to create the outer walls of the book. It is here that I also include some of the more significant historical facts. The book is dedicated to my father, a manual laborer, whose contributions, like the workers of the tunnel, remained anonymous."

Colophon: "Created as a result of a residency at the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College (EPI), Professor Curlee Holton, director. The book incorporates letterpress – for the poem and images in front and back covers, collagraphs – the interior and exterior walls of the accordion supports, intaglio, relief, chine collé, lithography, and digital printing –- the internal supports of the book. There are 8 inside supports, and each is cut to expose the depth of the tunnel. ... Printed at the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, at the University of the Arts, and at the artist's studio."
$3,500


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Maria G. Pisano: "A tunnel book is a fantastic 3D structure that allows the viewer to look within and discover a hidden world, which evolves in accumulated layers, bringing one back to days of wonder, discover, and the creative self.

"Each kit comes with 5 pages and a support within the slipcase. You bring the alchemy: color the panels and then assemble them on their support to create the finished 3D tunnel book."
 
Orcus
By Maria G. Pisano and Michael Pisano
Plainsboro, New Jersey: Memory Press, 2016. Open Edition.

5 x 7" tunnel book kit. Digitally printed. illustrations by Michael Pisano. Concept and design by Maria G. Pisano.

Maria Pisano: "Orcus is a name for the underworld in ancient Roman mythology, and for a deity who presided over it. The illustrations in this tunnel book reference imagery in myths set in this ancient vision of the afterlife.

"Book 2 in Memory Press
Capture the Wonder series. A tunnel book kit, with 5 panels and a base inside a slipcase, with directions in back and pre-cut to reveal the depth of the design. These pages are intended to be colored and assembled so that each one becomes a unique artist book. "
$45

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The Phoenix
By Maria G. Pisano
Plainsboro, New Jersey: Memory Press, 2016. Open Edition.

5 x 7" tunnel book kit. Digitally printed. Artwork, concept and design by Maria G. Pisano.

Maria Pisano: "Spring is a time of nature’s renewal, bringing with it new life and beauty to share. Using the Callery pear Survivor Tree as my inspiration, this tunnel book celebrates the return of the tree to the 9-11 Memorial plaza. Today it stands as a symbol of strength, resilience, and the indestructible spirit of hope.

"Book 1 in Memory Press
Capture the Wonder series. A tunnel book kit, with 5 panels and a base inside a slipcase, with directions in back and pre-cut to reveal the depth of the design. These pages are intended to be colored and assembled so that each one becomes a unique artist book."

This Callery pear tree became known as the Survivor Tree after surviving the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. The tree was found at Ground Zero severely damaged. It was removed from the rubble and rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2010 the tree was returned to the Memorial.
$45

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