Sunset Strips
Inkjet on Awagami Inbe Thick, spraypaint. Folded and bound into 11 accordion books that expand to create a panoramic image.
36″ x 52″ x 4″
2016

Sunset Strips is part of an ongoing series of accordion bookworks that address human’s changing relationship to landscape in a technology-mediated world. In the installation format, each book cascades down the wall revealing a splice of an image of a sunset, which is interrupted with folds and gaps. The backside of each book is a surprising neon orange that glows and reflects off the white gallery wall. The title Sunset Strips is a play on the famous accordion book Every Building on the Sunset Strip by Ed Ruscha. Like Ruscha’s work, these accordions of a fragmented image imply a compression of time and space, an homage to a changing landscape captured in the book form.

Inkjet on Awagami Inbe Thick, spraypaint. Folded and bound into 11 accordion books that expand to create a panoramic image.
36″ x 52″ x 4″
2016

 

Nicole Pietrantoni’s artwork explores the complex relationship between human beings and nature via installations, artists’ books, and works on paper. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including a Fulbright to Iceland, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, an Artist Trust Fellowship, a Larry Sommers Printmaking Fellowship, the Manifest Prize, and a Graves Award for Excellence in Humanities Teaching. Her work has been in over 95 national and international exhibitions.

Nicole received her MFA and MA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and her BS in Human and Organizational Development and Art History from Vanderbilt University. Nicole is an Associate Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches printmaking and book arts. Nicole regards both her professional practice and pedagogy as powerful sites for intellectual, artistic, and ethical transformation.