This publication was produced as the culmination of the artist Catherine Opie’s year-long residency at the Walker. As part of an on-going series to document iconic American architecture, Opie chose to photograph 2 unique Minnesotan structures: the downtown skyways system and ice fishing houses. The publication contains a selection of these images and short stories from Minnesotan residents that provide a literary counterpoint to the artist’s photographs. The long horzontal skyway images are displayed in a section of gate folds. The delicate icehouse images make use of a gloss varnish to define the edges of the white landscape against the white paper. The shorts stories are presented as small pages within the larger page of the book to create a more intimate setting for these personal anecdotes. The books were produced with two different covers, half with ice house images on front and back, the other with a skyway image that creates the back, front cover and inside flaps. The use of a belly-band allowed the images to remain free from type, and lets the reader reveal for themselves the focal point of the image.
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