John Bonath, selected images: 1970-2000
Aperture Gallery, Denver, CO
John Bonath is one of Denver’s most creative and celebrated Photographers/Artists, this wil be his first ever retrospective and will include work from his earliest drawings to his latest body of work including some work never before seen.
“In 1970, I had just received the prestigious Henry Keller Drawing Award from the Cleveland Institute of Art. That same year I began what was to become my life long fascination with the psychology of the photographic illusion. Before I made a commitement to this medium, I needed to prove to myself that photography held no expressive limits for me compared to other art media. To answer this question for myself, I produced a series of drawings ad photographs that related as a consistent series across media and technique boundaries. It was in this series that I produced my first photographs. I used a 4×5 camera to photograph smoke formations in one shot. In another shot I stood in front of the camera in a darkened room and drew in the air with a penlight flashlight. Then I painted a turkey breastbone white, covered it with glitter and sequins and photographed it blurring in motion. These three negatives where then sandwiched together in the enlarger and made into a single photographic print. The rest was history as I made the commitment to pursue the expressive qualities of photography,” said Bonath.
Photographers tend to enter the medium from quite different backgrounds. John approaches photography from a fine art veiwpoint. The visual vocabulary of other art media naturally cross-over into his work. Over the perod of time represented in this exhibit there are examples of many processes including: gum-bichromate, photo-serigraphy, photo-lithography, photo-emulsion on 3-dimensional objects, kwik-printing, handoated platinum printing, photo-drawing, bleaching & toning techniques, straight silver prints, mixed media, color xerography, dye transfer, etching, drawing, wood-block printing, digital ink-jet printing and digital iris-printing.