McCARNEY, Scott. Various Fires and MLK.

(No place): Visual Books, 2010. First edition. 12mo. Inspired by Ed Ruscha’s Various Fires and Milk, this volume adopts its layout while subverting the droll collection of photographs and non-sequetor coda by using images imbued with historic meaning: the Watts riots of 1965; the aftermath of Rodney King’s beating in 1991; reactions to the shooting death of Manual Jamines, a Guatemalan immigrant, in 2010. The final image is of Martin Luther King, a typographic gestalt of Ruscha’s title (MILK/MLK). This is a fine copy in printed wrappers, with glassine dust jacket. Signed by the artist in pencil.


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