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Christian Patterson - Bottom of the Lake

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A short extract of the conversation with the artist published in our publication AP CP BL:

"The experience of the book is due in part to the telephone book itself; it’s 256 pages long and densely packed with information. The “White Pages” feel intimate and personal; when I see all of the names, addresses and telephone numbers, I think about the people, their families and their homes, and I’m amazed by the thought of the opportunity to simply pick up the phone and call them – to “reach out and touch someone.” This is something the world is slowly losing now with the disappearance of the telephone book and widespread use of mobile phones. The “Yellow Pages” feel less personal to me, because they list businesses. But the business names, slogans, graphic illustrations and cartoon characters that appear in that part of the book have their own appeal. The experience of the book is reflective of all this, and when combined with the layers I’ve added, it really becomes something else." - Christian Patterson

Bottom of the Lake is an artist book contained within a 256-page facsimile of the artist’s family’s telephone book for his hometown of Fond du Lac (“Bottom of the Lake”), printed in 1973, soon after his birth. The book includes found markings and reproductions of found inserted materials, along with Patterson’s own photographs, drawings, marginalia and other material. In addition, the experience of the book is extended beyond its pages by an interactive feature — a telephone number attached to the book that connects callers with the Bottom of the Lake through over 100 field audio recordings, found archival audio and performances that re-imagine and re-create the artist’s hometown.

Christian Patterson, Bottom of the Lake / Fond du Lac
Koenig Books, 2015
Softcover, perfect bound
225 x 280 mm
256 pages

ISBN 978-3-86335-770-2


This book is part of the following collection(s):

Ahorn Paper - Art - Koenig Books - Photography