Solo Exhibition & Book Signing
Bottom of the Lake
Opening & Book Signing: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 19h
Exhibition: October 2 – November 28, 2015
Christian Patterson gained international critical acclaim five years ago for his series „Redheaded Peckerwood“. The book received multiple awards, the Rencontres d’Arles Book Author Award 2012 amongst others. A year later, in 2013, Christian Patterson received the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
In his new work titled „Bottom of the Lake“, Christian Patterson revisits his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (French for “Bottom of the Lake”) and weaves together visual threads related to the town’s iconography, climate and culture. A 1973 telephone book from Fond du Lac serves as leitmotif. Patterson employs the same strategies that made his prior work, „Redheaded Peckerwood“, such a success, mixing large-format colour landscapes, black-and-white snapshots, appropriated and manipulated archival images, and studio still lifes. In addition the work contains interactive sculptural objects, such as a blue dial plate telephone, which plays sound files that the artist recorded during his field work.