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Chasing Light by Clarissa Bonet

Catherine Edelman Gallery is thrilled to present the solo exhibition, Chasing Light, featuring new work by Clarissa Bonet. The show opens March 4 and runs through May 21, 2022. The concept of place, and our relationship to it, is at the heart of Clarissa Bonet’s work. Bonet (b. 1986) was born and raised in Tampa, Florida – a coastal port city known for its amazing climate, sports teams, national defense outposts, and healthcare businesses. In 2010, Bonet moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at Columbia College Chicago. She immediately noticed the density of the city, its people, and its traffic. As she wandered the city, she was stunned by the isolation she felt among the throngs of people rushing along the sidewalks. It was this feeling that led her to City Space, an ongoing body of work about individuality in a large city.

Clarissa Bonet, Public / Private Space, 2019
From the City Space series

In 2014, Bonet embarked on a second ongoing project, Stray Light, which looks at the anonymity of people in their homes at night. Once the sun sets, Bonet photographs the colorful glow emanating from hotels and high-rise windows that fill the sky. Back in her studio, she downloads her images into a computer, and carefully constructs each image from multiple photographs, transforming the urban cityscape into a constellation.

Clarissa Bonet, Trajectory, 2018
From the City Space series

“The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, and an endless sea of concrete, constantly intrigues me. The images I create provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape."
Clarissa Bonet

Clarissa Bonet, A Place to Perch, 2021
From the City Space series

In 2020, Bonet created her newest series, From Shadow to Sun, which started during the pandemic shut down. While being confined to her home and studio, Bonet noticed light streaking into her space, bisecting everything in its path; the same harsh light she embraces in City Space. The resulting series continues her fascination with light, and its unique ability to transform a space. Bonet's work can be found in numerous collections including the Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach, FL), The Haggerty Museum (Milwaukee, WI), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), and Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), among others.

Clarissa Bonet lives and works in Chicago. Her work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context. She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida.


Chasing Light by Clarissa Bonet

March 4 through May 21, 2022

Catherine Edelman Gallery
1637 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

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