The goal of the artist is not to resolve life’s mysteries, but to deepen them.
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
Every photo is the first frame of a movie.
A good question has many answers.
Bonath shows the ability to combine a pair of presumed opposites - his relentlessly varied yet somehow consistent art.
I would say to any artist: ‘Don’t be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better.
Colorado artist John bonath has been entranced by nature since he was child when he carried his butterfly net with him wherever he went.
My images contain their own reality and do not need to conform or be governed by the laws of the everyday universe we live in.
Creativity is....seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.
My camera and computer are a stage for the performance of ideas.
It is through the creative process of manifesting these dreams as image that I understand better who I am.
You cannot depend on your eyes, when your imagination is out of focus.
At its best, Art does not simply please the eye but activates the brain to ponder, wonder, emote, relate and somehow causes an experience to take place.
Bonath’s complex narratives, provocative as they are, ultimately defy comprehension. As was so often the case in classic Mannerist art, enigma is the one, true subject in such visionary work.
Nothing in my work is coincidental. It is a grounded, guided experience between what we know, what we don’t know and the closure we strive to acquire between.
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
The assumption that photographic images represent something “true” is unique to photography and can be used to many ends.
Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.
My images are examples of possibility within the realm of the impossible.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
I use aesthetics of classical beauty to seduce the viewer into places where they may not otherwise go.
I am a magic realist. I seek to imbue everyday objects with an ‘otherly’, magic presence---to consider things that dwell more in the mirror of imagination.