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Kate Bonner

Kate Bonner's photo-based works are anchored in digital processes in dialog with drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage. Part photo, part object, the work is generated through a process of making and breaking apart. She folds or cuts found photographs and paintings, then scans them to produce new image information, then manipulated with editing software and analog tools. On layered, interrupted, and shaped surfaces, the digital gesture and the material gesture conspire and compete. With a passive interest, the camera observes liminal spaces in transit, architectural details, and objects mistaken for symbols or signs. Bonner’s basic philosophy of photography is one of resistance—a certain level of anarchy toward prescribed patterns, set movement, and defined structures. This offers opportunities to expand and broaden the space in which one experiences phenomenal appearances and thoughts. Bonner acknowledges the human desire to investigate, to know, to mentally construct, while simultaneously confounding the results.

Kate Bonner received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012. She was born in Saginaw, MI and lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. In 2013, Bonner was included in NextNewCA, a survey of selected MFA graduates at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and has since been included in Second Sight: New Representations in Photography at the Torrance Art Museum, as well as exhibitions at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; The Hole, New York; The Pit, Los Angeles; Et al Projects, San Francisco; Katherine Clark, San Francisco; LVL3, Chicago; Drake Hotel, Toronto; NADA Miami and New York; and Paris Photo Los Angeles, among others.

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