Cock: Indian Firework Art

Peter Nagy, Author
Peter Nagy, Author Westzone $45 (86p) ISBN 978-0-9537438-1-0
Reviewed on: 05/01/2001
Release date: 05/01/2001
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""In India images are loaded, they explode with meaning... they have great potential,"" writes Peter Nagy, former director of New York's Nature Morte gallery, in his introduction to Cock: Indian Firework Art. Firework packaging labels sporting bright, multicolored images of Krishna, Vishnu, Ganesh and other Hindu deities emblazon this concertina picture book for adults. In India, fireworks play a role in the Festival of Lights, a religious holiday illuminated by thousands of candles and fireworks, which has developed also into ""frenzied nights of partying and gambling,"" a suitable starting point for this eye-catching pop-cultural treatment assembled by packaging expert Luigi Giannuzzi and Gavin Aldred and printed on glossy, thick card stock of a commercialized religious aesthetic. The title word refers to a popular brand of Indian fireworks. (May)