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. 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 seeks out objects that could operate as mere objects rather than symbols. Cutting apart photographs, folding them, rolling them, and flipping them around in an attempt to use representational imagery for formal, abstract purposes— she denies a narrative.
Bonner was included in NextNewCA, a survey of selected MFA graduates at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She has exhibited at Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, The Popular Workshop, San Francisco, Important Projects, Oakland, Et al Projects, Brooklyn and NADA New York, among others.
Courtesy of Luis de Jesus