about this piece
A four-flap box containing four 2.5 x 2.5 inch volumes Roadside Attractions documents collected evidence, inviting the reader to draw individual conclusions on the quasi-environmental study conducted by the artist. The small boustrophedon forms take notice of the intricacy of waste that proliferates at America’s roadsides. Each book is a grid of micro-meditations that attempt to balance human being’s misuse of resources with our incredible ingenuity and progress. The prints document tiny indicators of how we thrive and falter —each micro page a critical piece of an unknown something. The books’ structure invites the viewer to map these discarded pieces without promise of arrival at a final destination. Simultaneously, the viewer is engaged in hypothesizing about the broken objects’ former uses. The deluxe set travels in a box that opens like the back of a caravan wagon, taking goods and entertainment on the road.
Each of the miniature meander books is housed in its own paper slipcase. Found objects inked and printed on Masa, Niddegen, Lana Laid, and Domestic Etch via letterpress and gelatin monoprinting as well as stamping and risography. Each volume signed and numbered by the artist. Box illustrated and with paper title label and twine and grommet closure.
NOTE: Each of the 4 volumes is also available individually for $75 each.
paper ink, book cloth, book board, thread, metal
About the artist:
Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and serves as the faculty mentor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a staff of excellent printers. As a founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and VP for Nominations & Membership for two. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.