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Kate Bonner

Possible Event

May 17 - Jun 28, 2014

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KATE BONNER, POSSIBLE EVENT, 2014, INSTALLATION VIEW

PRESS RELEASE

KATE BONNER
Possible Event


May 17 — June 28, 2014 | Artist's reception: Saturday, May 17th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Time is slipping. A moment ago this image stood alone. Now it catches against that other one. It flips upside down. The pixels snag, are turned into paint. One pixel becomes liquid and is stretched, poured, smoothed over the surface of the image. With digital tools, one photograph is painted into the fabric of another. Two moments appear as parallel visions, torn and spliced together.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present KATE BONNER in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, titled Possible Event, on view from May 17 through June 28, 2014. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, May 17th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Through a process of reduction and transformation, Kate Bonner's work withholds explanation and proposes simple fictions. Using digital brushes, power tools, and a language of fragmentation, she seeks to expand space, to break through the surface of the image. Her work is an attempt to see in, around and under images. It questions limits and points of entry.

Kate Bonner began this process of questioning with progress shots and reference photos of drawings and paintings. In these off–frame photos, and later scans and photocopies, she sought out objects that could operate as mere objects rather than symbols. She began cutting apart photographs, folding them, rolling them, and flipping them around in an attempt to use representational imagery for formal, abstract purposes; to deny a story.

In Possible Event, multiple images are located in one frame. The images are points in time, spliced into a location. As moments, the images compete with each other, and submit to each other inside the confines of a flattened plane. Each piece has a front and a back; mounted rather than framed, they operate like snapshots — folding, bending, leaning. There are borders and frames inside the image (both around the rims of the photographs, and around the edge of the digital print), while cuts and folds in the work turn the room into an even larger frame. Discarding any distinction between sculpture, photography, and installation, Kate Bonner acknowledges our human desire to investigate, to know, to mentally construct, while simultaneously confounding it.

Kate Bonner received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012. She lives and works in Oakland, CA. In 2013, Bonner was included in NextNewCA, a survey of selected MFA graduates at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She also participated at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in The Road and for all intents and purposes, as well as the Dallas Art Fair and Paris Photo Los Angeles. She has exhibited at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Queens Nails, The Popular Workshop, Important Projects, Et al Projects, and NADA New York, among others.