Richard Troncone ~ New Jersey

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Richard Troncone: "I enjoy creating the whimsical to the socially conscious book employing various materials one would not normally find in your local public library or bookstore. Acrylic, cloth, metal, wood are all part of the construction. Content is created not only with the traditional pen, pencil and paint, but also with computer software. Inspiration comes from everywhere - whether it is from nature itself to haunting the bookshops, libraries, or museums and finally social and media interaction. This has generated publications of classic literature repackaged into my interpretation of construction, photo books from years of taking pictures, and social commentaries on controversial topics."
A Medical Vade Mecum
By Richard Troncone
Los Angeles: Kumquat Press, 2012. Edition of 15.

3.5 x 8.25"; 18 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. Bound in leather boards with leather tie closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Richard Troncone: "The term Vade Mecum is from the Latin meaning 'go with me' and was usually a pocket handbook intended to be carried at all times. They could deal with any topic and were generally compendiums of information in a particular field. They were designed to be easily consulted and provide quick answers.

"This one is based on a quick reference guide for a doctor who needed to refer to the human body's physiology and herbal remedies for the patient's ailments. They were in use from as early as medieval times through the late 1700s."


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A Piece of π
By Richard Troncone
Los Angeles: Kumquat Press, 2012. Edition of 12.

4.25 x 5.25"; 10 pages. Double-sided accordion. Paper-covered boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Richard Troncone: "A whimsical take on the mathematical symbol versus the pastry. It portrays π extended to a few thousand decimal positions superimposed over images of various type of pie."



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By Richard Troncone
Los Angeles: Kumquat Press, 2008. Edition of 16.

8.25 x 5.875 x 2.5"; 3 pages. Materials: wood, leather binding straps and shoelace, roofing nails, thumb tacks, board, paper. Bound in wooden boards with leather hinges and leather ties. Housed in clamshell box. Numbered in binary by the utilization of gold and silver colored thumb tacks on the back cover.

Richard Troncone: "One paragraph about obscenity in the community followed by 96 black & white and color images which could be deemed obscene in certain parts of the country. The viewer cannot look at any of the images since all of the pages are glued together and nailed to the cover wood."

Preface: "What is obscene? What is obscene according to community standards? Define community? Is it the apartment I live in? My neighborhood, city or state? This subjective issue has been debated in courts all over the world throughout time. What I personally perceive as obscene must certainly differ from that of my neighbors. My attitudes may be more liberal when it comes to sexually explicit material than someone who lives in a small town in the 'Bible belt.'"

A one look book perhaps; but one can't help but wonder what is in those glued pages that some people do not want us to see.

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Accordion Book of Accordions
By Richard Troncone
2006. Edition of 20.

3.6 x 4.5", 18 pages, accordion structure. Printed on both sides with images of accordions. Illustrated paper covered boards. Signed & numbered by the artist.

The ultimate accordion book. If you have to buy a gift for someone who can tell a Baldoni Diatonic Butterfly from a Cairdin 2 Voice Mini Deluxe, or a Bafetti Gran Lusso Vienna from a Fratelli Cromatic 16, look no farther.

Yes it’s a smile book. But it’s also another path to illumination. Sadly – or gladly – it doesn’t wheeze when opened.

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Bill of Rights
By Richard Troncone
2006. Edition of 23.

3.5 x 3.5", 18 pages, accordion structure. On one side are the ten original amendments to the US Constitution adopted in 1791 – the Bill of Rights -- on the reverse, eight flags used during the Revolutionary period. In red, white, and blue paper covered boards, with red, white, and blue ribbon streamers. Signed & numbered by the artist.

A reminder of the intent of the Bill of Rights: to protect individual citizens from the potential abuse by an omnipotent and unresponsive central government. Food for thought in these times. Have circumstances rendered the Bill of Rights moot? Or more important than ever?




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