Heaven is a Prison by Mark McKnight. First edition (2020). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Silkscreened hardcover hand-wrapped inside printed paper. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Heaven is a Prison
Heaven is a Prison is McKnight’s first monograph. With an essay by poet and literary critic Garth Greenwell and a poem by Frank Bidart, this book includes a selection of black and white photographs that explore the Southern California desert.
The book is divided into chapters that follow a sequence. However, this sequence isn’t linear, but fluctuates between the literal and the figurative, between the violent and the tender. This way, the book proposes an exploration of intimacy between bodies and the arid, deserted landscape. Overall, McKnight’s monograph has a poetic , otherworldly mood, full of metaphor and contrast as well as a sculptural beauty.
Further, this book is the winner of the 2020 Light Work Photobook Award.
About Mark McKnight
Mark McKnight is an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. His work has featured in the Los Angeles Times, Interview, The New Yorker, GQ, Aperture, Art in America, among others. Also, Mark is the recipient of the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, The 2020 Light Work Photo Book Award, and a 2020 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. His work is in the collection of The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2021, his work was the subject of two concurrent solo exhibitions in New York and LA.
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