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Produced at a time of MAD (mutual assured destruction), IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: combines text from a 1954 US government booklet with images drawn from the artist’s youth in duck-and-cover America. A veritable last entertainment for ground zero.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:, 1985 6 x 6 x 6 in., 32 pp. offset edition of 500 with die-cut cover Nexus Press






Safety in Numbers, 1985 4 x 6 in., 48 pp., 2 volume offset edition of 200 Alphabook 3, 1986 4 x 6 in., 26 pp., 2 volume die-cut edition of 300

Safety in Numbers is a book within a book within a book packaged as a two volume set: one with white pages in the yellow, the other featuring yellow pages in the white. Alphabook 3 is part of a series of alphabets designed in book form.


Memory Loss was inspired by a traumatic brain injury suffered by the artist’s brother in 1986. The accordion structure combines fractured images and texts drawn from medical literature about head injury with personal photographs and correspondence.

Memory Loss, 1988 2.5 x 22 in., 40 pp. offset edition of 500 Visual Studies Workshop Press






Far Horizons, 1998 7 x 7 in., 12 pp. offset edition of 500 Visual Studies Workshop Press

Panoramic vistas from the Pacific to Atlantic Oceans are pieced together with images of the artist’s urban garden in a traditional quilt pattern named “far horizons.” Also available in a wallpaper edition (12 sheets create a 7 foot square of repeated pattern).


Images from a 1960 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana combined with scans of the index volume carved into a pattern of pixels. The deluxe wallpaper edition includes one bound book with two books in sheets that can be assembled into an overall pattern of the artist’s hand.

INDEX, 1995 6 x 9 in., 56 pp. offset edition of 1000 deluxe signed wallpaper edition of 30






Collected Autobiographies, 1998–2009 Autobiography #1: Things To Do; Autobiography #3: Pictures of Me with Famous and Important People; Autobiography #4: Homemade Maps; Autobiography #2: Rejection Slips.

COLLECTED AUTOBIOGRAPHIES is a digital edition of AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, a limited edition from 1999 produced with a variety of print media. The four books in COLLECTED are annotated and reformatted for digital printing. Edition of 30.


Part of a continuing series of autobiographies, C(a[e{I}o]u)P combines the artist’s ephemera with salvaged remains of his parent’s estate, broadening the definition of a self-portrait to include generational and genealogical slices.

C(a[e{I}o]u)P: Autobiography #5, 2005 5.5 x 8 in., 48 pp. digital printing in dos-a-dos binding edition of 150






Deluxe C(a[e{I}o]u)P Collection, 2005 7 x 12 in., various media limited signed edition of 30

A hand-bound copy of C(a[e{I}o]u)P presented in a velvet draw-string bag with a special binding of Things To Do: Autobiography #1, four facsimiles of the artist’s mother’s recipe cards and a photograph of the collection in context.


Part of a continuing series of autobiographies, Hello my name is Scott reproduces a collection of name tags saved from a variety of trade fairs, art and social events.

Hello my name is Scott, Autobiography #6, 2006 7.75 x 5.5 in., 64 pp. digital printing hand bound as two-section pamphlet edition of 100




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A Selection of Cards, 2007 8.75 x 6 in., 36 pp. digital printing case bound edition of 50

Recipe cards culled from the collection of the artist’s mother representing her lifetime of interest in cooking and health. The stains, attributes and annotations tap involuntary memory akin to Proust’s madeleines.


PHOTOGRAPHS re-presents an anonymous mid-twentieth century photo album annotated with the names and places of missing snapshots. Dedicated to lost family histories.

PHOTOGRAPHS, 2007 9 x 7 in., 68 pp. digital printing perfect bound with supplementary stab sewing edition of 100

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SAFE, 2003 7 x 8 in., 40 pp. stab bound with duct tape and plastic sheeting ink jet edition of 10

Part of the “Are We Ready Yet?” series inspired by the United State’s Department of Homeland Security. Composed in 2003 for “Love and/or Terror,” a contemporary book art exhibition and symposium organized by the University of Arizona Museum of Art.


Another work in the “Are We Ready Yet?� series, Lost Horizons adds personal loss to the mix of post-9/11 anxiety. Sites representing the artist’s memory are blended with related texts to create panoramic images adrift in time.

Lost Horizons, (deluxe edition) 2004 9 x 9 in. opens to 9 x 32 in., 24 pp. hand bound strap concertina album ink jet edition of 10 Lost Horizons, (digital edition) 2008 4.5 x 5 in., opens to 17 x 5 in., 24 pp.

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The Decider, 2007 7 x 5.5 in., 12 pp. digital printing

The Decider pairs images of a televised Presidential press conference and children’s choosing rhymes. Inspired by G. W.’s self-adoption of “the decider” moniker and the memory of his recitation of My Pet Goat on the morning of September 11, 2001.


Inspired by Flux Paper Events by George Maciunas, the godfather of Fluxus. Images of G. W. Bush have been altered with a variety of physical actions associated with a paperwork bureaucracy including stapling, punching, and erasure.

FLUX BUSH, 2007 6.25 x 6.25 in., 18 pp. digital prints in concertina album binding edition of 10

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State of the Union / LIVE EVIL VILE, 2006 6.5 x 5.5 in., 32 pp. digital printing edition of 100 imperial duct tape/linen thread stab binding

Images from George W. Bush’s 2003 televised State of the Union address are stitched together with anagrams of “state of the union.” The duct tape binding and plastic package reference Homeland Security’s “readiness” instructions for chemical and/or biological terrorist attacks.


A comment on the intolerance and hypocrisy of fundamentalist protesters at Rochester New York’s 2005 Gay Pride parade. Images of the parade, files downloaded from the internet and a biblical text are fused using “invert” and “difference” blending modes in Photoshop.

Saints & Sinners: Gay Pride & Straight Shame, 2005 5.5 x 8.5 in., 8 pp. ink jet fold book edition of 10

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Swimmer, 1999 7 x 10 in., 6 pp. accordion fold book digital edition of 10

Swimmer was inspired partially by a John Cheever short story of the same name and by the hottest summer ever recorded in New York City. A figure floats through five pools of text, digital images of a dictionary carved with hammer and chisel into a pattern of pixels.


Reproductions of one-of-a-kind books from the Diderot/ Doubleday/Deconstruction series. A 20th century Doubleday Encyclopedia was carved to reveal images of individual workers representing the book trades from Diderot’s 18th-century L’Encyclopédie.

Plates from Diderot/Doubleday/Deconstruction, 1996 11 x 17 in., 10 pp. laser prints unbound in folio edition of 10

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Think Seoul, 2005 3 x 3 in., 14 pp. hand-bound ink jet edition of 50

Images of Seoul, Korea framed with textures unique to the culture. A fold book held at the spine by an unusual nonadhesive concertina structure devised by Hedi Kyle. The hybrid binding complements the east/west concept of the imagery.


Photographs made while in Seoul Korea for the 2nd Annual International Seoul Book Arts Fair. A closer look at the artist’s first photographic impressions of the Republic of Korea’s largest city.

Seoul Square, 2005 9.5 x 8 in., 22 pp. 5-hole stab binding with Korean papers and cloth ink jet edition of 10

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WALK: Richmond ~ Rochester, 1981/2003 9 x 7 in., 24 pp. ink jet printing in concertina binding edition of 5

WALK combines photographs made while walking in Rochester, NY and Richmond, VA, two mid-size cities the artist has lived and walked in over the past four decades. This 2003 edition was made by scanning the original negatives and printing ink jet onto cotton rag paper.


A collection of Chicago River bridge houses photographed from waterside during an architectural tour of the city in June, 2007. The grids of bridge gratings superimposed on the sky mimic the backdrop of Chicago’s skyline and street mapping.

Little Houses, 2007 4.25 x 4 in., 24 pp. pamphlet sewn digital edition

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Skuta’s Pointers, 2009 7.5 x 7.5 in., 40 pp. pamphlet sewn digital edition

Skuta’s Pointers documents web pages my very best friend forwarded to me (most often in the subject line of an otherwise blank e-mail message) over the course of a year. It is a continuation of a series of autobiographies which examine the ephemera of life as biographical evidence.


Face Book is based on the traditional Chinese Tangram puzzle. Each page is constructed of exhibition post cards cut and stapled to form a basic square pattern. The title and dedication (“For All My Friends�) reference online social media.

Face Book, 2009 7.5 x 7.5 in., 24 pp. saddle stitched digital edition

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Laundry in Public, 2011. 5.5 x 8.25 in., 24 pp. two-section pamphlet bound in cloth cover digital edition

Laundry in Public consists of photographs made in southern Tuscan hill towns in October/November 2007. It comments on the trend of US communities to prohibit hanging laundry in public. It is believed this activity is a marker of poverty and lowers property values.


Various Fires & MLK adopts the layout of Edward Ruscha’s second book, Various Small Fires and Milk (1964, Los Angeles, California) while subverting the droll collection of photographs and non sequitur coda by adopting images imbued with historic meaning.

Various Fires & MLK, 2010 5.5 x 7 in., 42 pp. perfect bound with glassine wrapper digital edition

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Scott McCarney is an artist, designer and educator based in Rochester, New York. He was educated. His work has been exhibited and even collected. Stuff has been written about him, too (though all the texts and photographs herein are manufactured by the artist himself). He lectures, serves on juries, and volunteers quite a bit (see Autobiography #6, page 9). VisualBooks is a catch phrase that describes his art production which has taken the form of books going on thirty years.

For more information, contact Scott via email: smartbks@rochester.rr.com and/or visit ScottMcCarneyVisualBooks.com ScottMcCarney.blogspot.com left: Who’s Who in American Art, 1999 36 x 72 in. one-of-a-kind altered book 28

This catalogue was typeset in ITC Officina Sans. The production was facilitated online via issuu.com. Copyright © 2011 by Scott McCarney. All rights reserved. If you’d like to reprint, reproduce or utilize any of this information please ask my permission. Thanks.


Scott McCarney Visual Books  

Catalogue of artists books and multiples in print by Scott McCarney

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